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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”

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Richard Blum, Station Casinos, Colony Capital, and UC Regent — An explosive report from investigative reporter Peter Byrne (TLR Note: Richard Blum / Howard Dickstein – Jeannine English connection)

LAST WEEK, we talked about how U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is a controlling stockholder in Perini Corp. Blum’s company enjoys $2.5 billion in war contracts in the Middle East, thanks, in part, to his wife’s hawkish votes on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for military construction.

This week, we’ll chat about how Massachusetts-based Perini is a charter member of the military-industrial-gambling complex (MIG). The powerful engineering firm books a billion dollars a year building casino resorts for Las Vegas gambling concerns and Indian tribes. And just as Feinstein’s war votes have helped Perini overseas, her recent actions regarding Indian casinos in California appear to have benefited her husband’s company here at home, at least indirectly.

In Southern California, Perini has constructed casinos for the Pechanga and Pala bands of Luiseno Indians; the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians; and the Morongo and San Manual bands of Mission Indians.

In the north state, Perini built the Las Vegas-style Thunder Valley Casino for the United Auburn Indian Community in Placer County, not far from Sacramento.

The project was financed with $215 million from Station Casinos, a Nevada-based gambling corporation that develops Indian casinos and manages them for 25 percent of the take. Thunder Valley was the second casino that Perini constructed for Station Casinos. When it opened two years ago, the Northern California gambling market–with 23 working Indian casinos and 14 more proposed–was saturated.

As Las Vegas-controlled casinos proliferate in the North Bay, it is important to understand the hidden rules that govern where casinos do and do not get built. Enter Feinstein, a longtime proponent of Indian gambling, Indian sovereignty and tribal exemption from civil regulation–except when it suits her purpose to challenge Indian sovereignty and the exemption from environmental law that it bestows.

“I have grown deeply concerned about the proliferation of off-reservation gaming and the trend toward reservation Œshopping’ funded by out-of-state gaming interests,” Feinstein pronounced last year. In January she introduced a Senate bill to specifically squash the Lytton band of Pomo Indian’s urban casino project in San Pablo, in the East Bay.

The move against the San Pablo casino marks the second time that Feinstein has used the power of the Senate to shape the gambling market in Northern California. In 2003 she introduced a bill to specifically force the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria in Sonoma County to comply with environmental laws. The Gratons, and their Las Vegas backer, Station Casinos, treated the threatening legislation as an opportunity to get out of a politically awkward land deal. They moved their proposed gambling resort away from a federally funded wetland area near San Francisco Bay to a politically unprotected–but no less wet–wetland just outside the city of Rohnert Park. Mission accomplished, Feinstein dropped the bill.

For successful tribes, the trick is to partner up with Las Vegas money and install a hundred million dollar gambling operation, no matter what the locals think about it, under the rubric of tribal sovereignty. But the concept of tribal sovereignty is a creation of Congress, and what Congress giveth, it can also taketh away. Feinstein’s selective interference in the development of casino sites reveals who holds the best hand in the Indian casino game (rich white people, as usual).

Why does Feinstein object to casino-reservation shopping by the Lytton band in San Pablo, while not objecting to the Graton Rancheria’s shopping expedition in Rohnert Park? The residents of both areas are largely opposed to the casino projects. If the developers were not fronted by sovereign tribes, the projects would probably founder on environmental issues alone. And yet the senator favors one tribal project over another, Graton over Lytton.

And why does she object to “out-of-state gaming interests” developing casinos in certain counties, but not in Placer County, where, coincidentally, her husband’s firm was able to build a casino for the company that now stands to benefit from two interventions by Feinstein?

Feinstein’s machinations are partially about curbing market forces. Rural casinos depend upon attracting customers from Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland. Erecting casinos in the cities will kill rural casinos. Why drive 50 miles to Rohnert Park, when you can take BART to San Pablo?

But Feinstein is not an equal opportunity casino broker. A thriving casino in Rohnert Park, for example, would attract customers away from Indian casinos to the north in Hopland and Geyserville. But Feinstein has shown little interest in protecting those tribes from competition–perhaps because they are not partnered with Station Casinos, which has a history of contracting Perini, which would probably love the Rohnert Park job.

Please continue @: http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/02.09.05/byrne-0506.html

UC Regent Richard Blum — Husband of Senator Dianne Fienstein — Identified as Potential Wrongdoer In CaliforniaALL Scheme In Re Verizon Communication, University of Phoenix, Voice of OC, Mitch and Freada Kapor, Kinde Durkee, Gibor Basri, Carry Zellerbach


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 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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

Said document is located @:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

 

TIMELINE November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60/OS Scandals

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

TIMELINE November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60 Scandal)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

Wikipedia Profile of University of Phoenix (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, Sordid, SALUCI, Sarah E. Redfield of UNH)

The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is an American for-profit institution of higher learning, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQAPOL) S&P 500 Phoenix-based corporation that owns several for-profit educational institutions.

The university has more than 200 campuses worldwide and confers degrees in over 100 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.[3]

It is one of the largest higher-education providers in North America. Although the university attained a peak enrollment of almost 600,000 students in 2010, a 30-percent enrollment drop in 2011 was attributed to operational changes amid criticism of high debt loads and low job prospects for university students.[4] These changes included allowing students to try classes before officially enrolling and recruiter training programs that are designed to improve student retention and completion rates.[5]

The university has an open-enrollment admission policy, requiring a high-school diploma, GED, or its equivalent as its criteria for admissions.[6] It also provides associate or bachelor’s degree applicants opportunity for advanced placement through its prior-learning assessment, which, aside from previous coursework, college credit can come from experiential learning essays, corporate training, and certificates or licenses.[7]

Contents

History

Early years

The university was founded by John Sperling, who felt that “working adult students were often invisible on traditional campuses and treated as second-class citizens.”[8] Started in 1976 in the Phoenix metropolitan area,[8] the first class consisted of eight students.[9] In 1980, the school expanded to San Jose, California, and in 1989, the university launched its online program.[10]

Governmental lawsuits and investigations

The university has paid several government fines and settled whistle-blower lawsuits concerning its admissions practices and education programs.[11]

In 2000, the federal government fined the university $6 million for failing to include study-group meetings as instructional hours. In 2002, the Department of Education relaxed requirements on instructional hours.[12][13][14]

In a 2003 lawsuit filed by two former university recruiters alleged that the university improperly obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid by paying its admission counselors based on the number of students they enrolled, a violation of the Higher Education Act.[12][13][15][16][17] The university’s parent company settled by paying the government $67.5 million, plus $11 million in legal fees, without admitting any wrongdoing.[18][19]

In 2004 the Department of Education alleged that UOPX again violated Higher Education Act provisions that prohibit offering financial incentives to admission representatives and pressured its recruiters to enroll students.[20] UOPX disputed the findings but paid a $9.8 million fine as part of a settlement where it admitted no wrongdoing and was not required to return any financial aid funds.[21][22][23][24] UOPX’s president stated that though recruiters were paid a commission based on the number of students enrolled, their compensation is not based solely on that criteria.[25] The university also paid $3.5 million to the Department of Labor to settle a violation of overtime compensation regarding hours worked by UOPX’s recruiters.[26][27] The University of Phoenix settled a false claims suit for $78.5 million in 2009 over its recruiter-pay practices.[28]

In 2008, the university was the top recipient of student financial aid funds, receiving nearly $2.48 billion.[29] In 2009, the Department of Education produced a report that claimed the untimely return of unearned Title IV funds for more than 10 percent of sampled students. The report also expressed concern that some students register and begin attending classes before completely understanding the implications of enrollment, including their eligibility for student financial aid. In January 2010, the parent company Apollo Group was required to post a letter of credit for $125 million by January 30 of the same year.[30] In 2010, UOPX came under government scrutiny after its Phoenix and Philadelphia campuses were found to have been engaging in deceptive enrollment practices and fraudulent solicitation of FAFSA funds.[31][32]

Campuses

The reception desk at Phoenix’s Hawaii Campus, displaying a Service of Process placard

The university has campuses and learning centers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and the Netherlands.[33]

While the school specializes in online programs, the campuses offer additional programs and services.[34] Online students are also able to use tutoring and social centers, which can also be used for social and student meetings. The first center opened in 2007 in Plano, Texas.[35]

Students have access to class-specific online resources, which include an electronic library, textbooks, and other ancillary material required for a course. The university says that the electronic textbooks include search features and hyperlinks to glossary terms that make the books easier to use for research.[36]

In October 2012 Apollo announced it would close 115 University of Phoenix locations.[37]

Academics

The university offers degree programs through seven colleges and two schools.[38] These are named the School of Advanced Studies, School of Business, College of Criminal Justice and Security, College of Education, College of Humanities, College of Information Systems and Technology, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and the College of Social Sciences. In addition to its traditional education programs, the school offers continuing education courses for teachers and practitioners, professional development courses for companies, and specialized courses of study for military personnel.[39]

Students spend 20 to 24 hours with an instructor during each course, compared with about 40 hours at a traditional university. The university also requires students to collaborate by working on learning team projects, wherein the class will be divided into learning teams of four to five students. Each learning team is assigned a team forum where team members will discuss the project and submit their agreed upon portions of the learning team assignment for compilation by the nominated learning team leader. The concept of learning teams is somewhat uncommon in traditional academia; however, the University of Phoenix believes that collaborating on projects and having individuals rely on each other reflects the real working conditions of the corporate world.[40]

Some academics and former students feel the abbreviated courses and the use of learning teams result in an inferior education.[12][13][25] The University of Phoenix has been criticized for lack of academic rigor. Henry M. Levin, a professor of higher education at Teachers College at Columbia University, called its business degree an “MBA Lite,” saying “I’ve looked at [its] course materials. It’s a very low level of instruction.”[13] In May 2008, the university announced the formation of the University of Phoenix National Research Center, designed to study which teaching methods work best for nontraditional students.[41] The research center no longer exists.

Admissions and financial aid

The University of Phoenix has an open admissions policy.[42] In response to complaints about the use of financial aid by for-profit colleges in 2010 the university began an orientation program designed to lower dropout and default rates.[43] Students must successfully complete a three-week orientation workshop in order to be eligible to start their first credit/cost bearing course.[44] Students who do not complete the workshop after two attempts must wait six months before attempting again.

Phoenix students are recruited using high pressure sales tactics[45] by admissions counselors who are paid, in part, based on their success in recruiting students.[25] The university heavily recruits students in order to obtain financial aid on their behalf,[45] such as the Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Pell Grant, National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Federal Direct Student Loan Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Wounded Warrior Project.[46] For the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the University of Phoenix student body received more Pell Grants ($656.9 million) than that of any other university.[47][48]

eCampus

Through its online portal, eCampus, University of Phoenix students also have access to software required for coursework. Available, for example, are virtual companies created by the university to provide students with assignments, which Adam Honea, UOPX’s dean and provost, claims are more realistic than those available with case studies.[49]

In August 2011, Apollo group announced it would buy 100% of Carnegie Learning to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform.[50]

Accreditation

The University of Phoenix has been regionally accredited since 1978 by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Some individual colleges within the University of Phoenix hold specialty accreditation or are pre-accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Organization and administration

University of Phoenix Stadium, a municipal sports arena for which the corporation paid for naming rights.

University of Phoenix is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, a S&P 500 corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marketing and advertising

The university paid $154.5 million for 20-year naming rights for advertising purposes of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a municipal sports arena, home of the NFL‘s Arizona Cardinals, and the site of the NCAA‘s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The university does not participate in intercollegiate sports.[58]

People

Students

The average age of a University of Phoenix student is between 33 (undergraduate) and 36 (graduate), and most students have work-related commitments.[59] The University states that nearly two-thirds of its students are women and that a plurality of students attending the school study business (undergraduate students representing 29.9% and graduate students 12.9%), followed closely by those enrolled in Axia College for Associate’s degrees (28.1%).[60][61]

The student population is approximately 25% African-American and almost 13% Latino.[62] The university graduates the largest number of underrepresented students with Master’s degrees in business, health care, and education than any other U.S. school.[63][64] The University of Phoenix was also named one of the nation’s top 20 institutions of higher education favorable to military personnel, according to the December 2008 issue of Military Advanced Education. Nearly 29,000 active-duty military, their spouses, and veterans were enrolled in University of Phoenix degree programs at that time with more than 7,200 military members or veterans graduated from the university during that year.[65][66] In 2012, University of Phoenix was ranked 30th in Guide to Online School’s ‘Online Military-Friendly College Rankings[67]

When calculated using the standards set by the Department of Education, the university’s overall graduation rate is 16 percent, which, when compared to the national average of 55 percent, is among the nation’s lowest. The federal standard measures graduation rates as the percentage of first-time undergraduates who obtain a degree within six years. The number is significantly lower at the university’s Southern California campus (six percent) and its online programs (four percent). This measurement does not take into consideration the typical University of Phoenix student who comes to the University as a dropout from another institution, so is not a first-time college student.[13] The university acknowledges the 16-percent graduation rate but takes exception to the standard used by the Department of Education to calculate the rate, saying that the rate is based upon criteria that apply to only seven percent of the university’s student population.[25] The university publishes a self-calculated graduation rate of 59 percent to account for its large population of non-traditional students.[13]

 

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Addendum #1 to UC Regent Richard Blum and Wife – Senator Dianne Feinstein – Under Scrutiny In Re Prima Facie/Preliminary Evidence of Money Laundering Through the University of California: RICO Defendants Jeannine English and Husband Howard Dickstein of J

In TLR previously published comment stating that University of California’s Regent Richard Blum and wife — Senator Dianne Feinstein —  are under scrutiny in connection with:UCI Foundation’s Joe Dunn and Erwin Chemerinsky (both of Voice of OC — initially housed at home of Kinde Durkee; entity which the IRS apparently exempted from full compliance of its rules and regulations );UC Berkeley Foundation’s Gibor Basri and Freada Klein Kapor  (both of sham entity CaliforniaALL -used to launder money from utility companies to OBAMA FOR AMERICA, allegedly); Carry Zellerbach of CaliforniaALL; University of California Scripps’ operative Donna Lucas and Martha Fay Africa  (alleged paramour of Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan — mastermind behind and legal counsel of CaliforniaALL),  we were remiss in not mentioning husband and wife —  Howard Dickstein and Jeannine English.

Both Dickstein and English are named defendants in two separate RICO suits advanced by The Spire Law Group and Dan Dydzak.

The allegations contained in the Spire complaint allude to money laundering by Howard Dickstein and Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street PAC — an anti-Israel entity recently embraced by Dianne Feinstein, subsequent to  financial  contributions from J Street PAC to Feinstein’s political campaign.

 

 

Richard Blum and Dianne Feinstein — Perspective — Copy of Article by Laurence Shoup (TLR Note: Presently, Regent RB and DF under scrutiny in re events at Foundations of UCI -Berkeley, Dunn, Chemerinsky, Kapor 1 -2, Basri, Zellerbach, Scripps, JB/Africa

Richard Blum and Dianne Fienstein — Historical Perspective — Copy of Part of an Article Written  by Laurence H. Shoup — Source: http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Richard_C._Blum_and_Dianne_Feinstein:_The_Power_Couple_of_California

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On January 20, 1980, in San Francisco, California, finance capitalist Richard C. Blum (born in 1936) and the ambitious Democratic Party politician Dianne Feinstein (born 1933) were married in a wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. This marriage created a family economic and political alliance that in a little over a decade would allow them to become the top power couple in the state of California with a place on the national and world stages. They remain at the pinnacle of power today, he as a billionaire financier, speculator, real estate executive and deal maker; she as the senior Senator (California’s highest federal official), from the largest and most powerful state in the United States. They exemplify power as it is now wielded in the higher circles of the class system of the U.S. today, and illustrate well the dismal results of this system. This system is best characterized as a plutocratic kleptocracy, completely lacking in authentic democracy, operated by and for corporate racketeers, in short, a dictatorship of big capital, the top 1% of wealth holders, which makes up a ruling class.

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Richard Blum at his swearing in for a city commission post, January 22, 1996.

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Blum is finance capital personified, and Feinstein precisely illustrates the corrupt, war-mongering, pro-corporate politicians who inhabit the upper reaches of the U.S. ruling class. To fully comprehend their rise to power, vast wealth and socio-political stance, one needs to understand the key developmental trends in the U.S. and world political economy during Blum-Feinstein’s rise during the last few decades. Also necessary is a comprehension of how Blum-Feinstein have both adapted to and helped quicken these developmental trends.

The Financialization of Capital Accumulation

The financial capitalist now plays the leading role in capitalist development, this type of capitalist has taken over from the formerly dominant industrial capitalist. This process also has financialized class and class relations; these are more and more characterized by extreme differences in wealth and income from the top to the bottom of the class system. The top 1% of U.S. wealth holders, Blum and Feinstein among them, currently hold about 35% of the total wealth of the nation (43% of the financial wealth), and the top 20% have 85% of the total wealth. Conversely, the bottom 80% of the population owns only 15% of the wealth, the bottom 40% of the population owns only 0.3% of the nation’s wealth (basically nothing), and about one in six Americans (almost 50 million people) live in poverty, with no wealth and lacking even a minimal income.

In the case of Blum-Feinstein, we can see what being in the top 1% means. They currently own a private jet, a Gulfstream G650, worth $55 million in 2008. Blum-Feinstein also own an entire 161 room San Francisco hotel (The Carlton) and at least six other homes. At a low estimate, including their hotel, their personal real estate holdings, together with their private jet, are likely worth well over $100 million today.

Blum’s empire begins with his ownership of Blum Capital Partners, a firm he founded in 1975. In its 2005 edition, one standard industry source, Pratt’s Guide to Private Equity Sources, lists Blum Capital Partners as a firm “investing own capital” and having $1.589 billion under management. Two other, more recent sources, list the assets of Blum Capital at the higher levels of $2.8 billion and $4.5 billion. Blum’s firm’s clients reportedly include some of America’s wealthiest people and largest corporations, like oil heir Gordon Getty and Bank of American. Blum Capital Partners also has a joint venture with a much larger firm, The Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and Blum Capital Newbridge Capital to conduct this joint venture. Blum has been a Co-Chairman of both Newbridge and TPG.

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Feinstein and Blum at a Lawrence Livermore Lab event in 2006.

Corporate Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is a version of extreme free market thinking, putting forth the pure logic of capital. Neoliberalism’s critique and actions aim not only at ending the regulatory and welfare states, it wants to shrink government’s role in economic and political life down to the point where the wealthy corporate ruling class will totally control economy, society, and political life with no interference.

Long theorized by right wing thinkers, neoliberalism came into vogue during the 1980s as a way to open up more economic living space for capital, “opening new markets.” As these areas are opened up, one result is an increase in the commodification of various aspects of life. Neoliberalism also opposes the former Keynesian consensus that fostered aspects of the welfare state, that is, offering some government benefits to the working class to pump up effective economic demand. According to neoliberal ideology, government should be weak and market/commodity relations dominant, so the Keynesian approach should be scrapped.

Neoliberalism as an ideology is completely hypocritical however, because virtually all of the government welfare, sweetheart contracts, tax cuts, subsidies and bailouts given to major corporations continue under neoliberal governance, only the Keynesian type benefits to workers are really cut. In actual practice, therefore, it is a philosophy meant to make workers and their unions pay for the crisis tendencies of capitalism, making the capitalist crisis actually a working class crisis. Under corporate neoliberal thinking over the past thirty years, all aspects of the New Deal reforms of the 1930s have been under increasing attack.

Another aspect of neoliberal ideology is the ongoing attacks on unions, since union organizing and action to protect workers distorts the operations of the “free” market. Corporations are free to export jobs and income to low wage nations, but workers are often unjustly prevented from organizing unions both at home and in repressive nations abroad.

Blum and Feinstein’s policies and actions promote neoliberalism. Blum’s field of operation is worldwide, exporting jobs overseas to capture surplus value in areas of the world that are expanding rapidly at a time when there is stagnation in mature capitalist economies. Blum’s foreign investments have focused on Asia, including China, Australia, and Korea, often through the TPG and Newbridge Capital.

Feinstein and Blum are also major investors in two private educational corporations, the Career Educational Corporation, and ITT Educational Services. At the same time, Blum donated heavily to the political campaigns of California Governor Gray Davis, amounting to at least $75,000 in a two-year period beginning about 2000. As a result, Davis, following his “pay to play” politics, appointed Blum to be a member of the University of California Board of Regents. Within a few years, Blum became the Chairman of this Board while it raised tuition for the University’s students again and again, increases that amounted to 32% in only one year. Students have had to take out massive loans to attend school. One source indicates that the amount of debt loaded on all U.S. students has jumped from $90 billion in 1999 to $550 billion in 2011. As students were priced out of an increasingly expensive public university system, the inferior, privately operated correspondence type diploma mills where Blum had major investments became increasingly attractive. Not to be left out of the drive to weaken public education and teachers unions in order to open space for private capital accumulation, Feinstein had become a supporter of school vouchers by 2003, undermining public schools by allowing parents to use public money to pay for tuition at private or parochial schools in Washington, D.C. (San Francisco Chronicle July 23, 2003:A3).

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Senator Dianne Feinstein speaking at the annual gala of the Human RIghts Campaign, October 22, 2011.

Photo: Rick Gerharter

A final aspect is cutting taxes on the wealthy, and, of course, Feinstein consistently favors such cuts. One example is Feinstein’s support for a phase-out of inheritance taxes on large estates. In July of 2000, she was one of a small group of Democratic Senators defending and voting for a Republican sponsored bill to repeal an estate tax law first passed in 1916, a law that applied to only the top 2% of taxable estates.

Imperialism, Militarism and War

The imperialist policies to be followed by the U.S. and NATO are discussed and developed by think tanks and policy forming organizations the leading U.S. private, (closely connected to official circles), such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the Brookings Institute. A similar organization, only international in membership is the Trilateral Commission, which draws its members from many countries in Europe, North America and Asia. Blum-Feinstein are closely connected with all three of these private foreign planning organizations and their imperialist policies. Both Blum and Feinstein have been members of the CFR for a number of years (membership is by invitation only). Blum has been a trustee of and part of the power structure of the Brookings Institute for years (Brookings regularly hosts the “Brookings-Blum Roundtable” discussion series) and Feinstein currently serves on the North American branch of the Trilateral Commission, after having first become involved with this organization in 1988. One result of these close connections is the fact that Feinstein is an enthusiastic war hawk and strongly supports all the current wars and occupations of U.S. imperialism, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya.

Feinstein also chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. She approved of the appointment of General David Petraeus to head the CIA, saying that she had “enormous respect” for him, and that the U.S. should “…put all of our eggs in the Petraeus basket…” This illustrates that Feinstein has embraced the dangerous and illegal new method of warfare now being waged by the CIA under Petraeus. This new way of war is to send robotic machines (drones) over borders to kill thousands of people, even American citizens who are viewed as enemies.

Managed “Democracy”: A Corporate Dominated Political System

In recent decades the level of corporate domination of American politics has clearly increased. The pathways to intensified corporate control have been through the candidate selection process, campaign finance, massive lobbying, favorable media coverage to corporate ruling class linked candidates, expert advisers from ruling class think tanks and vote rigging through exclusion of people and through computers. Corporations claiming to be human beings can now purchase unlimited “free speech”, while real citizens are often denied such rights by their relative poverty, lack of access to media, or by police repression. Collectively, this has resulted in making the U.S. political system mostly a managed “democracy.”

Blum and Feinstein are key players in what can best be called the San Francisco Democratic Party political machine. Feinstein conducted Jerry Brown’s wedding (to a former Vice President of the Gap) where the entire Bay Area political machine was present, and hosted a wedding shower for Gavin Newsom at her Pacific Heights mansion, illustrating her close personal, economic and political ties to key members of this group. The group obviously also has important national level connections as well, former Vice President Al Gore is a long time friend and business partner of Blum.

While pretending to represent the interests of the rank and file, once in office, Feinstein and other corporate ruling class supported politicians payoff their partners with policies favorable to their interests, including government contracts. Again Blum and Feinstein are prime examples of how this corrupt system really works. Senator Feinstein, who was already in October of 1994 called “… the most prolific fund-raiser among all federal candidates” by the Los Angeles Times (October 28, 1994: A1), has received large campaign donations (in the thousands from each one) from a truly amazing list of top California and national level corporations.

The daughter of a wealthy doctor, educated at elite private schools, including Stanford University, Feinstein spent her way to political power, breaking records for campaign fundraising and spending beginning with her early campaigns for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Serving the wealthy, first and foremost herself and her husband, has marked her career. As the Los Angeles Times (October 28, 1994: A24) expressed it after observing only her actions for only a short time in office:

“A review of the senator’s first two years in office found that Feinstein supported several positions that benefited Blum, his wealthy clients and their investments. She was a vocal proponent of increased trade with China while Blum’s firm was planning a major investment there. She also voted for appropriations bills that provided more than $100 million a year in federal funds to three companies in which her husband is a substantial investor.”

In 2007 investigative reporter Peter Byrne published a series of reports that showed that her actions in the early 1990s was only the beginning of Feinstein’s aiding her husband’s firms. As chairperson of the Senate’s Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee from 2001-2007, Feinstein supervised and supported the appropriation of over $1.5 billion for two military contractors, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation, both companies that Blum had a controlling interest in. Blum later sold URS for a reported personal profit of $57 million. When Feinstein’s actions were exposed in early 2007, she abruptly quit her post on this subcommittee.

Blum returns the favor, raising more money for his politician wife than any other individual. He arranges contributions and loans to her campaigns in the millions. At least sometimes this got the power couple into trouble, even with the weak campaign finance laws that exist. In Feinstein’s failed 1990 Governor campaign for example, the Feinstein campaign failed to disclose a series of bank loans arranged by Blum that amounted to at least $2.9 million. Her campaign was fined a total of $190,000 by California’s state watchdog agency, the largest such cash settlement in state history, for an “outrageous case of gross negligence” (Los Angeles Times December 22, 1992: A1, A29).

A more recent example of gross negligence and incompetence in the area of campaign finance on the part of Feinstein and her staff was exposed when the FBI arrested her campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee for stealing funds from a number of campaign accounts that she managed, including Feinstein’s (S.F. Chronicle September 14, 2011:A9).

As is the case on every other key question involving our collective future, Feinstein has been and is against the people’s interest in having a just and free society. In a 2011 editorial, the San Francisco Chronicle (May 26, 2011:A15) called her “one of the biggest cheerleaders for renewing…” Bush’s Patriot Act, which allows roving wiretaps, snooping into personal records and permits the unwarranted surveillance of people without having to show probable cause. The Chronicle said that Feinstein and other supporters of renewal were going “too far” and were “erasing bedrock guarantees” of the Constitution. This action is part of a pattern of spying favored by Feinstein. In 2007 she voted for immunity for telecommunications companies who illegally spied on their customers. Some of these, such as ATT, were also heavy donors to her political campaigns. As Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee she also recently criticized the CIA for not spying enough on the Egyptian people, stating that “the CIA should have monitored Facebook more closely.”

The Ecological Crisis

The ongoing and accelerating global ecological crisis is deeply rooted in the anti-ecological imperatives of capitalist production and exchange for profit and accumulation. Corporate capitalism is a system requiring constant “expand or die” growth, a system whose main measure of success is how much capital is accumulated. This results not only in human alienation, it also results in the alienation from and destruction of entire natural ecosystems, such as forests, rivers, and grasslands.

Blum and Feinstein routinely undercut ecological needs in favor of the accumulation of wealth and power. One example is Feinstein’s relationship to wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick, the owner of over one hundred thousand acres of prime farmland in the San Joaquin Valley. He has written big check after big check to her political campaigns, as well as hosted her at least two of his mansions. Over the past few decades he has also given several million dollars to the Democratic and Republican Parties and their candidates. Then, when Resnick called Feinstein in 2009 to weigh in on the side of corporate agribusiness in a drought fueled ecological dispute over water to big landowners or water for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s ecological needs, Feinstein jumped in, pushing the agribusiness viewpoint onto two Cabinet level secretaries and calling for a sweeping review of the science to allow more water to go to Resnick and other big operators. Due largely to excessive water diversions, the Delta’s ecology is in serious trouble, with fish populations in catastrophic decline.

Blum and Feinstein also favor and work for “wilderness,” she in the Senate sponsoring legislation to set aside public lands as preserves, and he as a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. The nature and politics of Blum’s Wilderness Society can be seen by looking at its Governing Council and one of its “corporate partners.” The Governing Council is filled with the super rich like Blum and includes a member of the Getty oil family, a member of the Roosevelt family, a Rockefeller family in-law, a Texas Pacific Group private equity billionaire, an adviser to Clinton-Gore White House and a past chairman of Recreational Equipment Company, which sells products for outdoor activities. Its leading corporate partner is Bank of America, which, for years financed mountain top removal to mine coal by Massey Energy and International Coal Group. Under the pressure of direct action against it, the Bank of America cut back on but did not end such financing. The Blum-Feinstein-Wilderness Society approach of creating a few islands of non-development in a sea of life destroying capitalist ecocide is clearly inadequate as a strategy of ecological and human survival.

Conclusion: Blum-Feinstein and the Corporate State

The five interrelated waves of our age, and Blum-Feinstein’s role, illustrate that the Democratic Party and its leaders are every bit against the people’s interest as the Republican Party. Both favor the corporate state and capitalist austerity, imperialism, war and capitalist ecocide. Blum-Feinstein stand solidly for the financialization of accumulation and the private use of this wealth to benefit a small group of wealthy owners (the 1%); they stand for neoliberal ideology; for imperialism, militarism and war; for undemocratic corporate political rule; and for weak and inadequate measures to confront the ecological crisis.

Historian, author and activist Laurence H. Shoup lives in Oakland, California. His most recent book is “Rulers and Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901”.

TIMELINE 2010 – Berkeley Daily Planet: The University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by regent Richard Blum

Richard Blum (image:courtesy)

Richard C. Blum, then the chairman of the regents of the University of California, spoke at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference 2009, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The corporate confab was hosted by Michael Milken, the “junk bond king” who went to prison in the aftermath of the savings and loan fiasco in the 1980s. Milken, who is barred from securities trading for life by federal regulators, has since recreated himself as a proponent of investing in for-profit educational corporations, an industry which regularly comes under government and media scrutiny in response to allegations of fraud made by dis-satisfied students. 

At the conference, Blum, who is a professionalWall Street speculator, sat on a panel called “The New University and Its Role in the Economy,” alongside the presidents of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Arizona State University. The panel focused on how universities can best serve the corporate jones for tech-savvy employees by recruiting smart freshmen with scientific talent. One panel member urged treating universities as “laboratories of business ideas and products.” 

As someone who oversees investment policy decisions for the University of California’s $63 billion portfolio, and as the largest shareholder in two for-profit corporate-run universities (in which UC invests), Blum had a unique perspective to share at the conference. He advised public universities to attract business-oriented students with clever advertisements (as vocational schools do). 

“It’s like anything else,” he said. “It’s how you market it.” 

Marketing strategy aside, Blum has taken on two seemingly disparate roles — one as an advocate for a nonprofit university, and the other as an owner of two for-profit educational corporations. However, as a regent, Blum has taken actions that (intentionally or not) have enhanced the value of his vocational schools. Are his loyalties conflicted? 

For several years, Blum’s firm, Blum Capital Partners, has been the dominant shareholder in two of the nation’s largest for-profit universities, Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services, Inc. The San Francisco-based firm’s combined holdings in the two chain schools is currently $923 million — nearly a billion dollars. As Blum’s ownership stake enlarged, UC investment managers shadowed him, ultimately investing $53 million of public funds into the two educational corporations. 

The regents’ conflict-of-interest policy requires them to “avoid the potential for and the appearance of conflicts of interest with respect to the selection of individual investments … public officials shall not make, participate in making, or influence a governmental decision in which the official has a conflict of interest.” And the California Political Reform Act of 1974 provides civil and criminal penalties for officials who ignore conflicts of interest — as UC makes clear in ethics training presentations specifically created for university officials. The Board of Regents, however, is self-policing and it tolerates situations that cause others concern. 

John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization in Santa Monica, California, comments: “It is hugely inappropriate for the University of California to invest in for-profit colleges when it should be promoting public education. And something stinks when university investments end up in companies largely controlled by a regent. To the average fellow on the street, this would seem to be a conflict of interest. It is up to Mr. Blum and the UC treasurer to explain how it could not be a conflict of interest.” 

 

Disaster capitalism  

 

Due to serial tuition hikes by the UC regents, and their gutting of many classes and educational programs, and the imposition of a 15 percent reduction of in-state admissions to the university, the gateway to higher learning in California has seriously narrowed. As a UC regent, Blum voted in favor of all of these measures — and such actions have indirectly benefited his corporate colleges. But his schools are not the only ones profiting from the financial disaster that besets many public universities. 

On March 13, The New York Times summed up the situation, reporting that many chain schools, including ITT Educational Services and Career Education Corporation, “have exploited the recession as a lucrative recruiting device while tapping a larger pool of federal aid … selling young people on dreams of middle-class wages while setting them up for default on untenable debts, low-wage work and a struggle to avoid poverty.” 

The Times noted that for-profit schools are directly benefiting from cuts in education, especially in California where state-funded universities and community colleges have been “forced to cut classes just when demand is greatest.” 

Indeed, ITT Educational Services recently reported to its shareholders that due in large part to “higher unemployment rates among unskilled workers,” company revenue increased by $300 million, to $1.3 billion (double its take in 2005). Responding to a recession-induced increase in demand for vocational training, ITT increased its tuition by 5 percent, (70 percent of ITT’s revenue comes from federal tuition aid programs).And ITT’s profits rocketed in tandem with new enrollments, even as UC and other public universities were turning away students for lack of programs. 

 

Chain schools get the third degree 

 

Nationwide, vocational school students are paying billions of dollars in tuition to stockholder-owned education corporations, primarily using federal grants and loans guaranteed by taxpayers. In the United States, the dominant vocational education corporations are the University of Phoenix, Corinthian Colleges, Strayer University, Kaplan (owned by The Washington Post Company), Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services. Collectively, these companies operate hundreds of schools and teach hundreds of thousands of students, most of them eligible for public and private financial aid. The chains offer training for such technical professions as radiological technician, beautician, automotive mechanic, medical billing clerk, Web designer and massage therapist. But they also offer degrees in engineering, computer science and business. Increasingly, they are promoting online education, which limits their operational costs, even though virtual courses are often not suitable for teaching nursing, cooking, or car repair. As a result of delivering substandard education, some for profit schools suffer from accreditation problems, according to recent news reports. 

On a fairly regular basis government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, have accused many chain schools of preying upon low-income individuals and active military service members. Typically, state and federal agencies report, chain school recruiters have loaded students down with high-interest rate loan packages that, on average, amount to $30,000. As a result, fewer than 70 percent of enrollees graduate. Such a high dropout rate requires the corporations to continuously wage television, radio, Internet and print media marketing campaigns aimed at enticing students who want to better themselves — and who are, not incidentally, eligible for state-guaranteed loans. 

Unfortunately, those who do graduate with two-year associates degrees often find out that the curriculum did not prepare them for the technical requirements of the jobs they seek. And often, when they do find work, their wages do not match the inflated salaries promised by school recruiters, government reports note. And when dropouts and underpaid graduates default on their student loans, the taxpayers remain on the hook. 

Every few years, the corporate media discovers the so-called “diploma mill” scandal anew and publishes reams of investigative stories showing that despite marketing materials touting their educational and career benefits, the chain schools are primarily focused on cashing in on taxpayer-backed grants and loans. In the last six months alone, The New York Times, Washington Monthly, ProPublica, Bloomberg, Frontline and The Associated Press published exposés of the $26 billion vocational college industry. 

Blum’s schools have been prime targets of these investigations, although the reports do not mention him by name, nor do they reveal that the UC invests in his for-profit schools while cutting back on public education. 

 Students as cash machines 

 Blum’s investment bank entered the for-profit education business in 1987, when he purchased a large block of shares in National Education Corporation, an Irvine-based vocational school that specialized in awarding mail-order diplomas. He joined the company’s board of directors, sitting alongside former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater and David C. Jones, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Two years later, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Blum got in hot water when angry shareholders filed a lawsuit contending that “the company issued rosy financial statements while Blum and other directors were selling their shares.” The shareholders claimed in court documents that Blum sold $2.7 million worth of shares at about $24 per share after he learned, a day before the public announcement, that the company president planned to resign. When the share price bottomed out at $3.50 a share after the announcement, Blum reinvested in the troubled company, booking a profit. 

By the late ’80s and early ’90s, National Education Corporation was “battered by accusations that its vocational schools were riddled with fraud,” The New York Times reported in March 1997. A new president was hired in 1994 to reform the school and to bring it into the age of computerized learning. By 1995, Blum had gained control of 11.5 percent of National Education Corporation stock after combining his firm’s holdings with that of a nonprofit investment fund, Commonfund, for which Blum worked as an investment advisor. (Commonfund manages investments for more than 1,400 universities, including UC.) In 1997, Harcourt, the textbook publisher, boughtNational Education Corporation for about $750 million, or $21 a share. Blum and his private partners profited handsomely — there was money to be made in education. 

After he became a regent in 2002, Blum greatly increased his investment in for-profit education. In June 2005, Blum Capital Partners bought 5 percent of the stock (worth $24 million) in Lincoln Education Services Corp., a $300 million operation with 32 campuses. Blum also acquired large blocks of shares in ITT Educational Services, and Career Education Corporation. These two purchases followed dips in the companies’ stock prices brought about by allegations of corrupt practices made against them by government agencies. 

In the case of ITT Educational Services, federal and state regulators investigated the company in 2004 after shareholders and students alleged that it was falsifying student attendance, grades and job placement records in order to keep federal financial aid flowing. When the news broke, the price of ITT shares halved. 

Blum Capital Partners pounced, purchasing reams of devalued ITT stock. It soon owned the largest block of stock in the company — a 10 percent ownership stake in 2006. Not long afterwards, the investigations were closed, with no findings of wrongdoing. By May 2010, ITT’s revenue exceeded $1.3 billion, and Blum Capital Partners’ stake was valued at $415 million. 

Similarly, Blum Capital Partners bought shares of Career Education Corporation, a $1.8 billion operation that serves 90,000 students, following a corruption controversy. In 2004, Career Education Corporation was investigated by multiple federal agencies after whistleblower lawsuits alleged that the school had allowed failing students to remain enrolled in order to keep its pipeline to federal grants and loans tapped. In 2005, after “60 Minutes” televised an unfavorable story about the chain school, the value of its stock dropped by more than half. Blum Capital Partners bought in for $33 million. By May 2010, its stake had grown to $508 million, making Blum’s firm by far the largest and most powerful shareholder of the chain school. A partner with Blum Capital Partners, Greg L. Jackson, sits on the board of Career Education Corporation. 

UC is an investor in both educational corporations. 

 The UC connection 

 Even as Blum was buying stock in Career Education and ITT Educational Services, UC financial records show that the university’s investment managers were actively buying and selling these same stocks — to the tune of $53 million. The university was not just holding onto these stocks to accrue value over time (as a prudent manager would do), it was day trading them in large amounts, as much as $2 million a trade, thereby affecting the daily price of these stocks. And these two companies were largely owned by a regent, a Wall Street speculator who sat on the university’s investment committee, which oversaw the management of the university’s stock portfolio. Does not this situation pose at least the appearance of a conflict? 

Not to UC officials. When UC Treasurer Marie Berggren was questioned about the propriety of UC investing in Blum’s for-profit college chains her spokesman, Steve Montiel, replied by email, “The Treasurer’s Office doesn’t track Regents’ holdings in making decisions about security selections, though Regents’ holdings are disclosed as a matter of policy.”  

In other words, the treasurer does not review the regents’ financial disclosure statements, which are public records, for potential conflicts. Of course, UC’s investments are also public records available to the regents, so a regent could easily avoid conflicts, should he or she choose to do so, by not taking controlling positions in companies in which the university invests. 

Blum did not respond to repeated requests for comment. UC spokeswoman Lynn Tierney called on his behalf, saying that the university recruits its students from the intellectual elite of applicants. Only those with very high grade averages and SAT scores get in, she said. Therefore, “UC is not losing students to Blum’s vocational schools, and there is no conflict of interest,” she claimed, declining to present evidence that thwarted UC students were not attending for-profit colleges. 

Regardless, the bottom line is that UC is investing tens of millions of public dollars in two for-profit school chains largely controlled by a regent (a Wall Street arbitrager) who sit on UC’s investment committee. Noah Stern, president of Associated Students at the University of California, says, “Student trust in the regents was already shaky. In light of the Spot.us revelations of investment abuse, we need a structural overhaul of the university governance system.” 

 

Note: CalPERS, the state pension fund, also had, as of the end of 2009, $6 million invested in Career Education Corporation, and $10 million invested in ITT Educational Services through its public equities investment program. And CalPERS held more than $100 million in shares of both companies as part of a $500 million investment with Blum Capital Partners, which is an investment adviser to CalPERS. Details about CalPERS connections to Blum and other regents, and related stories, may be found in the 10-part investigative series on the regents’ conflicts of interest sponsored by Spot.us and a consortium of six Bay Area newsweeklies.

Source: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-06-22/article/35661

TIMELINE 2012: Richard Blum and The Slow Death of Public Higher Education (TLR Note:Relevant to University of Phoenix-CaliforniaALL-UCI Foundation- UC Berkeley Foundation-Kapors-Joe Dunn- Gibor Basri-Connection)

Source and complete article @: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/from-master-plan-to-no-plan-the-slow-d…

…..The for-profit industry that we understand today is much different from the small, local certification programs that used to compose the industry. As of 2009, more than 75 percent of students at a for-profit college are attending one owned by a private equity firm or a company traded on a major stock exchange. Modern concerns with for-profits’ potential abuses—both in duping students and exploiting federal programs—didn’t begin until the expansion of GI benefits for higher education in the period following the Second World War.

In the early 1990s, for-profits were subject to a series of Senate investigations. Georgia Democratic Senator Sam Nunn noted that students were “[v]ictimized by unscrupulous profiteers and their fraudulent schools” and “have received neither the training nor the skills they hoped to acquire, and instead, have been left burdened with debts they cannot repay.” Nunn said this after the committee learned about an Ohio repair school operating out of a fruit stand and recruiters who targeted welfare offices and housing projects for enrollees. Current recruitment practices are just as bad, if not worse. According to internal documents recently made available by a Senate investigation committee, recruiters at the for-profit college ITT were given diagrams of a “pain funnel,” with a series of questions designed to “poke the pain” of potential recruits. A Kaplan document told recruiters that their interactions with potential students should be “all about uncovering their pain and fears.”

The hearings in the 1990s led to a series of for-profit sector reforms and regulations. One key regulation required that at least 50 percent of students be enrolled at a physical campus in order for a program to be eligible for federal student aid. A 1998 pilot program allowed some schools to go below the 50 percent threshold and still receive federal aid, in order to study the effects, but it was the George W. Bush administration that sought to comprehensively remove regulations unfavorable to the industry. A former lobbyist for the (for-profit) University of Phoenix, Sally Stroup, became Bush’s assistant secretary for post-secondary education at the Department of Education and led a successful effort to remove restrictions on for-profit schools, including the 50 percent rule, and to grant them greater access to federal funding. The legislation was only several lines long, and was sneaked into a massive spending bill, but it opened the door to an expansion of the industry beyond what most people could have imagined at the time.


The standard political criticism of the for-profit industry is that it exists only to vacuum up government subsidies; that it is a problematic byproduct of government actions. This diagnosis is perfectly in line with the Reaganite complaint against government interference in the workings of the market. If we look at California, however, we see that this critique has it backward. For-profit education flooded the market only after the state began to abandon its responsibility to create sufficient institutional capacity in the public system. The problem is not government action, but inaction. As the government gave up its Master Plan responsibility to educate California students, the for-profit sector expanded to fill the demand.

As the government gave up its Master Plan responsibility to educate California students, the for-profit sector expanded to fill the demand.

Education expert (and UC Berkeley scholar) John Aubrey Douglass has found a similar pattern in countries such as Brazil, Korea, and Poland, which modernized too fast for the public sector to keep up with demand. The for-profit sector absorbs and even monopolizes the very subsidies that were intended to foster mass education, while providing poorer outcomes than the public sector. But whereas this problem, referred to as the “Brazilian Effect,” arises in developing countries as they seek to build a public higher education structure from scratch, the United States suffers instead from decay.

Under the neoliberal public policy regime of the past thirty years, the United States has moved from providing public goods directly toward providing coupons for the purchase of those goods in the private market. The private market encourages choice, competition, and innovation, its proponents say, especially compared to the gray, static, and inefficient public sector. Government grants, subsidized loans, and tax breaks would unleash market forces and use them to tackle the problems of higher education.

Such an approach would work only if high-quality private universities increased the amount of students they were willing to educate—if, in other words, the supply of good education were “elastic,” stretching to meet the demand of additional students. Instead, students are finding an inelastic market with collapsing public provision. They face skyrocketing prices and the rationing of quality education, with for-profits purveying counterfeit goods to make up the difference.

Sometimes policy failures are accidental. Sometimes there is a trail of breadcrumbs. In the case of California higher education, it is hard not to notice that policy failures have meant big business for the for-profit industry. And in some cases, that trail of breadcrumbs leads directly to the men and women who run the UC. UC Regent Richard Blum, for example, is not only the largest shareholder in two for-profit universities, Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services, but also, as Peter Byrne reported in a 2010 exposé, oversaw investments for the UC’s $63 billion portfolio at a time when the UC invested in the very same two for-profits. The problem isn’t anything as simple as pure corruption, but the decline of the public university is corporate capital’s gain, and investment firms like Blum Capital Partners know this quite well. The educational infrastructure of the future—and in many ways, of the present—is being built out of the very same crumbling public sector that men like Richard Blum have been entrusted with stewarding.

Ronald Reagan may not have seen this coming when he first set out to destroy what he saw as the creeping communism of master-planned and state-funded public education. His vision at the time was essentially negative, reactionary. But the conservative project he put in place in California in the 1960s remains with us today. Reagan was the trendsetter in making higher education into a problem to be solved with fee hikes and police. Other governors approached this problem in different ways, but the decision Reagan made to begin the destruction of the Master Plan hangs over all of them. Today, we can clearly see the results. Limiting the ability of the government to plan for the education of its citizens has left us with the worst of both worlds: students and families with too much debt and too few options.

History of Jewish Community of San Francisco (TLR Note: Notice Kathryn Werdegar; Mount Zion — Later Institute on Aging; Not listed is Diane Feinstein’s Husband — UC Regent’s Richard Blum; Similar to Larry Barry Jerry Arrangmnet in So. Cal @ 1st Century

Supervisor Feinstein would later become San Francisco’s third Jewish mayor, following Adolph Sutro and Washington Bartlett, after the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. In 1992 Feinstein was elected as one of California’s two U.S. Senators, the other being Barbara Boxer of Marin County. No other state has ever featured a contingent of two female Jewish U.S. Senators. San Francisco also had two Jewish state senators in the persons of Milton Marks and Quentin Kopp, and three members of the House of Representatives, with Sala Burton, Tom Lantos, and Barbara Boxer all representing San Francisco in Congress. The California Supreme Court, which meets in San Francisco, has had five Jewish justices: Joseph Grodin, Stanley Mosk, Marcus Sloss, Matthew Tobriner, and Kay Werdegar. One Jewish San Franciscan, Stephen Breyer, currently serves as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

 

Please see full story @:

http://www.sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/j/jews3.htm

United States Senate Judiciary Committee Members (TLR Note-Sources: Members to Be Notified RE 1- Aspirant Rory Little 2-Aspirant Jon Streeter 3- In Re Girardi 4-Jerome Falk of Howard Rice 5- CaliforniaALL 6 – Prior 2007 Actions by Kinde Durkee and Suit by

Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont

LeahyThumbPatrick J. Leahy (D) of Vermont was elected to the Senate in 1974.  Leahy is the current Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since January 2007.  He also served as Chairman from June 2001 through January 2003.  A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964).  He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.  He gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States (1974).  Leahy has been a longtime advocate for government transparency, and he has authored and advocated a wide range of anti-crime and anti-drug initiatives.  Leahy is also a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

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Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

GrassleyThumbChuck Grassley (R) of Iowa was elected to the Senate in 1980.  He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1955; M.A. 1956) and has been a longtime farmer in Iowa.  Since coming to the Senate in 1980, Grassley has worked to bring oversight to government spending, and has championed whistleblowers in government and in the private sector.  He has also been an advocate for protecting consumers.  Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.  He also serves on the Finance Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin

KohlThumbHerb Kohl (D) of Wisconsin was elected to the Senate in 1988.  Kohl earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1956) and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University (1958).  He is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.  Kohl has been recognized as a strong advocate for children’s issues, and has focused on anti-crime legislation, especially crimes related to kids.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee, and chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah

HatchThumbOrrin G. Hatch (R) of Utah was elected to the Senate in 1976.  He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  He practiced law in Pittsburgh for several years before moving to Utah.  Since his election to the Senate, Hatch has worked to provide tools for the military to combat terrorism, advocated for resources to protect our children, and championed intellectual property protections and enforcement.  He serves as the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, and is also a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Dianne Feinstein, D-California

FeinsteinThumbDianne Feinstein (D) of California was elected to the Senate in 1992.  She is a former two-time mayor of San Francisco.  During her years in the Senate, Feinstein has worked to help strengthen national security, combat crime and violence, battle cancer and protect natural resources across the country.  Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

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Jon Kyl, R-Arizona

KylThumbJon Kyl of Arizona was elected to the Senate in 1994.  He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Kyl is the second-ranking member of the Senate Republican leadership.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received both his bachelor’s and law degrees.  His work in the Senate includes efforts related to immigration enforcement, protecting the environment, and legislative initiatives to protect crime victims’ rights.  Kyl is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee.

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Chuck Schumer, D-New York

SchumerThumbChuck Schumer (D) of New York was elected to the Senate in 1998.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he first served in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate.  Schumer chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.  He has a long legislative record in combating crime and advocating for women’s rights.  Schumer is the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration.  He also serves on the Finance Committee and the Banking Committee.

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Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama

SessionsThumbJeff Sessions (R) of Alabama was elected to the Senate in 1996.  He is a graduate of Huntingdon College (1969) and received his law degree from the University of Alabama (1973).  Sessions served in the Army Reserve for 13 years, and was a United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama for 12 years.  In the Senate, Sessions has focused on maintaining a strong military and working to improve and stimulate the nation’s economy.  Sessions is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  He is the Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee, and is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

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Dick Durbin, D-Illinois

DurbinThumbDick Durbin of Illinois was elected to the Senate in 1996.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University (1966) and Georgetown University Law Center (1969).  Prior to his election to the Senate, Durbin served in the House of Representatives for 14 years.  Durbin has championed many issues, including gun safety, improving health care, protecting consumers, fighting for farmers, and working for a fair tax code.  Durbin chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.  He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and Committee on Rules and Administration.  Durbin is the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership.

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Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina

GrahamThumbLindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina was elected to the Senate in 2002.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He served for six and one half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994.  Since his election to Congress, Graham has worked to adequately fund and prepare the military, and has been active in education policy.  Graham is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Aging, and the Budget Committee.

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Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island

WhitehouseThumbSheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island was elected to the Senate in 2006.  Whitehouse chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law.  He is a former United States Attorney for Rhode Island.  Whitehouse has been an advocate for environmental protection, health and conservation throughout his career.  Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Budget Committee.

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John Cornyn, R-Texas

CornynThumbJohn Cornyn (R) of Texas was elected to the Senate in 2002.  He is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law, both in San Antonio.  He also earned a Masters of Law from the University of Virginia Law School (1995).  Since his election to the Senate, Cornyn has worked on issues related to border security, accessible health care, and improving educational opportunities.  Cornyn is a member of the Senate Republican leadership.  He is the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.  He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

KlobucharThumbAmy Klobuchar (D) of Minnesota was elected to the Senate in 2006.  She is the first woman elected to the Senate from Minnesota.  She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1982 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.  In the Senate, Klobuchar has worked to protect consumers, strengthen veterans’ health and education benefits, create a strong safety net for farmers, and invest in the energy technologies that will create new jobs.  Before her election to the Senate, Klobuchar served as a partner on two of Minnesota’s leading law firms, and led Minnesota’s largest prosecutor’s office for eight years.  Klobuchar is the chair of the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  She is also a member of the Agriculture Committee, the Commerce Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

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Michael S. Lee, R-Utah

LeeThumbMichael S. Lee (R) of Utah was elected to the Senate in 2010.  Lee graduated from Bringham Young University, and earned a law degree from BYU’s Law School in 1997.  He clerked for Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and for then-Judge Samuel Alito on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He worked in private practice and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  He also served as Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s General Counsel.  Lee is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.  Lee also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. 

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Al Franken, D-Minnesota

FrankenThumbAl Franken of Minnesota was elected to the Senate in 2008.  He graduated from Harvard in 1973.  Before running for the Senate, Franken spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host, and participated in seven USO tours, visiting troops overseas in German, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan, as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait four times.  Since his election to the Senate, Franken has advocated for affordable, accessible health care and affordable education.  He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.  Franken is also a member of the Energy Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Indian Affairs Committee.

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Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma

CoburnThumbTom Coburn (R) or Oklahoma was elected to the Senate in 2004.  He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (1970) and the University of Oklahoma Medical School (1983).  Coburn was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994, where he served until his election to the Senate.  He has been an advocate for balancing the federal budget and improving health care access and affordability.  Coburn is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

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Christopher A. Coons, D-Delaware

CoonsThumbChristopher A. Coons (D) of Delaware was elected to the Senate in 2010.  He graduated from Amherst College in 1985, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale University Law School in 1992.  He also received a Master’s degree in Ethics from Yale Divinity School in 1992.  He has worked in the non-profit sector and as an attorney.  From 2001-2004, Coons served as the President of the New Castle County Council, and from 2005-2010, he served as the County Executive of New Castle County.  Coons also serves on the Energy Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut

BlumenthalThumbRichard Blumenthal (D) of Connecticut was elected to the Senate in 2010.  Blumenthal graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He is a former five-term state Attorney General in Connecticut.  he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984-1987, and in the Connecticut Senate from 1987-1990.  He is also a former U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.  Blumenthal also serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.

 

List of Current Members of United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Members, 112th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont and the Ranking Member is Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557

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  • TRIBUNE publisher accussed of saying 'Jewish cabal' runs LA... 2018/12/13
    TRIBUNE publisher accussed of saying 'Jewish cabal' runs LA... (Top headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:DEM REP: 'Would Love to Regulate Content of Speech'...Media to Face Another Turbulent Year of Change... Advertise here
  • DEM REP: 'Would Love to Regulate Content of Speech'... 2018/12/13
    DEM REP: 'Would Love to Regulate Content of Speech'... (Top headline, 2nd story, link) Related stories:TRIBUNE publisher accussed of saying 'Jewish cabal' runs LA...Media to Face Another Turbulent Year of Change... Advertise here
  • Media to Face Another Turbulent Year of Change... 2018/12/13
    Media to Face Another Turbulent Year of Change... (Top headline, 3rd story, link) Related stories:TRIBUNE publisher accussed of saying 'Jewish cabal' runs LA...DEM REP: 'Would Love to Regulate Content of Speech'... Advertise here
  • MAY STAYS 2018/12/13
    MAY STAYS (Main headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:CLINGS TO POWERBUT VOWS NOT TO SEEK REELECTION Advertise here
  • CLINGS TO POWER 2018/12/13
    CLINGS TO POWER (Main headline, 2nd story, link) Related stories:MAY STAYSBUT VOWS NOT TO SEEK REELECTION Advertise here
  • BUT VOWS NOT TO SEEK REELECTION 2018/12/13
    BUT VOWS NOT TO SEEK REELECTION (Main headline, 3rd story, link) Related stories:MAY STAYSCLINGS TO POWER Advertise here
  • U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity... 2018/12/13
    U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity... (First column, 1st story, link) Related stories:Killer Opioid Could Become WMD...Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises...Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'...Radicalized in jail...STILL AT LARGE... Advertise here
  • Killer Opioid Could Become WMD... 2018/12/13
    Killer Opioid Could Become WMD... (First column, 2nd story, link) Related stories:U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity...Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises...Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'...Radicalized in jail...STILL AT LARGE... Advertise here
  • Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises... 2018/12/13
    Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises... (First column, 3rd story, link) Related stories:U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity...Killer Opioid Could Become WMD...Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'...Radicalized in jail...STILL AT LARGE... Advertise here
  • Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'... 2018/12/13
    Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'... (First column, 4th story, link) Related stories:U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity...Killer Opioid Could Become WMD...Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises...Radicalized in jail...STILL AT LARGE... Advertise here
  • Radicalized in jail... 2018/12/13
    Radicalized in jail... (First column, 5th story, link) Related stories:U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity...Killer Opioid Could Become WMD...Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises...Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'...STILL AT LARGE... Advertise here
  • STILL AT LARGE... 2018/12/13
    STILL AT LARGE... (First column, 6th story, link) Related stories:U.S. Downplays Surge in ISIS Activity...Killer Opioid Could Become WMD...Terror Group Promises Holiday Surprises...Strasbourg Suspect Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'...Radicalized in jail... Advertise here
  • DEBT POISED TO HIT $22 TRILLION... 2018/12/13
    DEBT POISED TO HIT $22 TRILLION... (First column, 7th story, link) Related stories:Swells by size of Brazilian economy!Most CFOs see recession coming...Homelessness on rise in some cities... Advertise here
  • Swells by size of Brazilian economy! 2018/12/13
    Swells by size of Brazilian economy! (First column, 8th story, link) Related stories:DEBT POISED TO HIT $22 TRILLION...Most CFOs see recession coming...Homelessness on rise in some cities... Advertise here
  • Most CFOs see recession coming... 2018/12/13
    Most CFOs see recession coming... (First column, 9th story, link) Related stories:DEBT POISED TO HIT $22 TRILLION...Swells by size of Brazilian economy!Homelessness on rise in some cities... Advertise here
  • Homelessness on rise in some cities... 2018/12/13
    Homelessness on rise in some cities... (First column, 10th story, link) Related stories:DEBT POISED TO HIT $22 TRILLION...Swells by size of Brazilian economy!Most CFOs see recession coming... Advertise here
  • Ellen to end show? 2018/12/13
    Ellen to end show? (First column, 11th story, link) Advertise here
  • VIRGIN GALACTIC to attempt flight to space... Developing... 2018/12/13
    VIRGIN GALACTIC to attempt flight to space... Developing... (First column, 12th story, link) Advertise here
  • RAVENS to bench $120M QB... 2018/12/13
    RAVENS to bench $120M QB... (First column, 13th story, link) Advertise here
  • APPLE's 'NETFLIX for Magazines' Said to Rankle Publishers... 2018/12/13
    APPLE's 'NETFLIX for Magazines' Said to Rankle Publishers... (First column, 14th story, link) Related stories:Tech giant now employs dozens of doctors... Advertise here
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