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

Ben Wong’s Overview

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

Local Public Affairs

Southern California Edison

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

January 2010Present (3 years 3 months)

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

League of California Cities

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Government Relations industry

January 2006January 2010 (4 years 1 month)

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

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

Assistant to the Boardmember

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

July 2001January 2006 (4 years 7 months)

City Council Member

City of West Covina

April 1992December 2005 (13 years 9 months)

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

Ben Wong’s Education

University of Southern California

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

19691978

Source @:

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

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FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles

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

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

Ron Olson, Mary Ann Todd, and Richard Tom

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson

Ron, Jeff and Brad

Munger Tolles -- CAUSE

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

MTO Verizon

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

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

GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

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

WAR STORY TIME

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

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

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

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

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

A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

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

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

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

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

SMART GREED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

CaliforniaALL – Obama for America

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

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

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

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

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

As matters presently stand, my inquiry leads me to suspect that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys:

James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.),

Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee),

Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director)

Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation

In conjunction with:

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

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

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

Executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster — CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL – The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

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

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

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

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

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

To contact the author: yoloanrabbi@gmail.com

Source @: http://tinyurl.com/9ypyes7

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Addendum to Munger Tolles & Olson Attorneys Ron Olson (owner and director of BRK-A / EIX-SCE ) and Misty Sanford of FPCI — For People of Color, Inc.: Rodney Fong of Golden Gate University School of Law [TLR Note: 1- FPCI co-founded by MTO’s Misty Sanford — a Caucasian female masquerading as Latina 2- FPCI misused, not surprisingly, by MTO, Ron Olson, Sanford, Ruthe Ashley, and others to procure fraud in re award bestowed by Justice Tani Cantil on friend Ruthe Catolico Ashley of CaliforniaALL scheme during Cal Bar convention in Long Beach 3- FPCI part of highly sophisticated network Olson and confederates put in place which also include “outsourcing” — i.e. outsource a scheme to a separate entity usually headed by Asian-Americans in order to control/corrupt justice system in exchange for money from utility companies 4- Presence of GGU’s Rodney Fong anywhere near MTO and/or any utility company and/or Cal Bar — suspect in re OS Scandal 5- Both TLR and YR chose to share information with public for the purpose of eradication of public corruption — please use wisely and sparingly]

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

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles

Ron Olson, Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway

Ron Olson, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett

Ron Olson, Charlie Munger, Munger Tolles & Olson, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Ron Olson, Charlie Munger

mid american energy

Ron Olson, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett

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

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

Ron Olson, Mary Ann Todd, and Richard Tom

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson

Ron, Jeff and Brad

Munger Tolles -- CAUSE

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

CaliforniaALL -- Munger Tolles & Olson Team

MTO -  SCE - EIX - CaliforniaALL

MTO Verizon

For People of Color Inc , Misty Sanford, Munger Tolles & Olson, Ron Olson,

Ron and Misty

Munger Tolles, GGU, For People of Color ,

Ron, Misty, Ruthe and Rodney Fong

DEVELOPING — Addendum #2 to Richard Sander vs. State Bar of California / Whitewash of Oral Sex Scandal: A)San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren admonished State Bar of California its tactics are “disquieting.” B) Part of Cal Bar tactics involve lack of disclosure Executive Director Judy Johnson part of CCPF — a scheme involving, in part, CPUC, CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown of GGU, Munger Tolles & Olson and client Verizon C) Assuming, Jeff Bleich, part of Cal Bar BOG during time BOG authorized “disquieting” tactics — argument can be made Bleich acted improperly to benefit himself, his firm, and his clients. D) Readers may also recall, Munger Tolles & Olson allegedly “bribed” Justice Ming Chin in re CAUSE. As such, it is no surprise prior to Johnson departure from Cal Bar, a symposium held at USF in re “Cy Pres” — in attendance were Ming Chin, Judy Johnson

Part 1, please see @:

lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/docket-register-of-actions-ucla-law-professor-sander-v-state-bar-of-california-case-number-s194951-tlr-note-notice-no-new-developments-since-april-of-2012-shockingly-concurrent-and-while-the/

Part 2, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/addendum-to-richard-sander-v-state-bar-of-california-amicus-curie-brief-by-for-people-of-color-inc-tlr-note-readers-may-recall-for-people-of-color-inc-part-of-fraud-to-rehabilitate-image-of/


Hon. Judge James Warren of the San Francisco Superior Court referred to unlawful attempts by the State Bar of California to whitewash the Oral Sex Scandal as “Disquieting.”   (image:courtesy of  Liz Mangelsdorf/SF Chronicle)

Donald Steedman
Mr. Donald Steedman, Supervising Trial Counsel (Photo:courtesy)

Judy Johnson
Judy Johnson. Civil-RICO documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Johnson allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds. The latest allegations came as racial minorities in position of trust (primarily Blacks, Asians) are routinely accused of intentional misrepresentation by failing to fulfill their duties to avoid any and all appearance of, let alone real, improprieties, and usually involving entities which are on the receiving end of money from large corporations, and usually utility companies. Most notable of which are “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore, Leslie Hatamiya, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Maria Lucy Armendariz-Antonio Villaraigosa, Justice Ming Chin, Alec Chang, Lawrence Yee, Holly Fujie, former crack-addict Mike Nisperos. Pat McElroy, and U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England. Separately, Johnson was also implicated in a whole separate scandal involving Donald Steedman, Robert Hawley, and CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown known as the “Oral Sex Scandal.” (Image: courtesy photo )



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

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law (image: courtesy photo)

James Brosnahan, Jeff Bleich, Willie Fletcher
From left James Brosnahan, Unknown, Jeffrey Bleich, and Judge Willie Fletcher (Image: courtesy photo)

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Ron, Jeff, Brad, Henry, Robert, Fred, Mary Ann, and Misty

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Originally published in January of 2013

As the wide network of Asian Pacific Islanders (“API”) operatives allegedly involved in myriad financial schemes on behalf of utility companies and their law firms continue to grow, a new wrinkle was recently added as Information obtained by The Leslie Brodie Report points to the appearance that Pasadena-based Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”) has ceased to exist.

This latest development comes in the aftermath of recent revelations of the alleged bribery of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin – a former member of CAUSE’s advisory council – by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), the law firm which represents them, Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”); and culminating in the egregious misconduct in matters relating to CaliforniaALL’s original director and CAUSE’s treasurer, James Hsu.


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

As was mentioned here previously, a source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintained that “overwhelming and undisputed” evidence shows that for a period of several years, both SCE and MTO poured large amounts of money into CAUSE, while Justice Ming Chin served as an official adviser — albeit secretly so.

While Justice Chin’s clandestine involvement with CAUSE began in approximately 2004, the source maintained the inquiry is focused on the years prior to the recent election by which Justice Chin was up for re-election, and during the time period one alleged wrongdoer – API Fred Rowley of MTO – served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. This, according to the source, creates not only the appearance of improprieties but actual misconduct as bestowing anything of value on a judicial officer by SEC and MTO to sponsor an entity which will register as many as APIs as possible who would, in turn, vote for the retention of Chin in the upcoming election, is prohibited.

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Ronald Leroy Olson (AKA Ron Olson) of Munger Tolles & Olson. Olson sits on the boards of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations. The Law Offices of Munger Tolles & Olson and attorney Ron Olson represent Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.(Image: courtesy photo)

As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Chin has abruptly quit his position with “CAUSE amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.


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

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

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

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

Addendum to Richard Sander v. State Bar of California: Amicus Curie Brief by For People of Color, Inc. [ TLR Note: Readers may recall, For People of Color, Inc. part of fraud to rehabilitate image of Ruthe Catolico Ashley of embezzlement/money laundering scheme CaliforniaALL; Per YR, For People of Color, Inc. is a front group launched by an attorney from Munger Tolles & Olson, and fraud is further circumstantial evidence Ron Olson and company (i.e. Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Verizon, SCE/EIX deeply involved in CalALL / OBAMA FOR AMERICA scheme — Given Ron Olson director/owner of many companies he represents – allegation can be made that perhaps even Warren E. Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway part of scheme or vicariously liable – pending further discovery]

02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for People of Color, Inc., in support of respondents; by Vilma R. Palma-Solana, counsel.

Please see complete story @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/docket-register-of-actions-ucla-law-professor-sander-v-state-bar-of-california-case-number-s194951-tlr-note-notice-no-new-developments-since-april-of-2012-shockingly-concurrent-and-while-the/

The Recorder: Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest on Clients Aaron Swartz and Lance Armstrong as Douglas Winthrop Discusses Merger Between Howard Rice / Arnold & Porter [TLR Note: Clearly death of Aaron Swartz suspect as part of disquieting events at “The Kapor Center” ; KVN assumes role previously held by James Brosnahan of MoFo — defending those who support the Democratic Party ; Peters prior attacks on prosecutor of Aaron Swartz without mentioning 6 Month Plea Deal – troubling ; Winthrop and Jerry Falk’s shenanigans to blame for demise of Howard Rice – Lesson? Karma happens]

When the prospect of merging with Arnold & Porter was put to Howard Rice’s partners for a vote, many of them thought the choice to combine was clear — especially when they considered the opportunities it would create for the firm’s youngest lawyers.

Doug Winthrop (image: courtesy of The Recorder)

Please continue @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202585889132&PostMerger_Legacy_Howard_Rice_Partners_Praise_TieUp_Associates_Not_So_Sure

 

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This month Elliot Peters’ young client hanged himself. Another client confessed his sins to Oprah. And yet another emerged as a poster boy for the feds’ controversial medical marijuana crackdown in California.

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Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest (image: courtesy of The Recorder)

Internet activist Aaron Swartz, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and Matthew Davies, the operator of a licensed pot dispensary, have each been making national news headlines, often a hallmark of Peters’ cases. The Recorder sat down with the former prosecutor at his law firm, Keker & Van Nest.

Please see complete story @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202585717144&QA_Elliot_Peters_on_a_Clients_Suicide_Lance_Armstrong_and_Prosecutorial_Excess

Richard Tom of Southern California Edison / California Bar Foundation Revisited Amid Manufactured New Old Chaos

Richard Tom’s Linkedin Profile:

Current

Task Force Member at State Bar Task Force on California Law Academies
Board Member at California Bar Foundation
Board Member at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Past

Director of Supply Excellence at Southern California Edison
Commissioner at South Pasadena Planning Commission
Director and Managing Attorney, Environmental, Property, and Local Governance Section at Southern California Edison

Executive Committee Member at Environmental Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Commissioner at South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission
Board Member at Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter
Co-Chair at Council of California State Bar Sections
Executive Committee Member at Environmental Law Section, State Bar of California
Attorney/Senior Attorney, Environmental, Property, & Local Governance Section at Southern California Edison
Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice
Associate at Kaye Scholer LLP

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Stanford University

Recommendations

1 person has recommended Richard
Connections

500+ connections

Richard Tom’s Summary

Accomplished attorney and diversity leader, with significant management experience, seeking a new professional opportunity in a dynamic organization.
• Twenty-five years in transactional and compliance practice in government, law firm, corporate, and non-profit settings, focused in the environmental, energy, municipal, and political law areas.
• Transactional experience in a wide variety of real estate and commercial procurement transactions.
• Led and participated in internal compliance/employee investigations, regulatory proceedings,and implementation of compliance programs.
• Admitted in California and District of Columbia (inactive).
• University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)/Stanford University (B.S., Applied Earth Sciences, Program in Land Resources Planning
• Recognized community leader.
• Based in Southern California. Will consider relocation.
Richard Tom’s Experience
Task Force Member
State Bar Task Force on California Law Academies

2010 – Present (3 years)

Chair, Los Angeles County Law Academy Task Force
Board Member
California Bar Foundation

2009 – Present (4 years)

Scholarship Committee; Nominations Committee.
Board Member
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Legal Services industry

2008 – Present (5 years)

Treasurer, 2012. Vice-President, 2013.
Director of Supply Excellence
Southern California Edison

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

August 2011 – September 2012 (1 year 2 months)

As Director of Supply Excellence, overseeing an organization of more than fifty employees, responsible for the performance of SCE’s supplier diversity program (ensuring the diversity of suppliers providing goods, services, and energy to the utility), as well as for the performance of the organization in providing administrative, financial, contract, and compliance support for the entire Supply Management organization.
Commissioner
South Pasadena Planning Commission

2004 – 2012 (8 years)

Chair, 2006-2008.
Director and Managing Attorney, Environmental, Property, and Local Governance Section
Southern California Edison

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

1998 – July 2011 (13 years)

Reporting to the Associate General Counsel, manage and lead a section of eight attorneys responsible for providing legal support on environmental, property, and local governance issues involving SCE.
• Manage annual outside counsel budget of over $1 million
• Provide counsel on legal issues arising out of SCE’s real estate operations, including in areas of property, land use, and development law
• Provide regulatory compliance advice and regulatory/litigation management services in areas including CERCLA, RCRA, CEQA, TSCA, ESA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, California Coastal Act, Proposition 65, and OSHA.
• Lead in-house attorney managing CPUC and federal permit application process for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project and Eldorado Ivanpah Transmission Project.
• Provide counsel on utility franchise fee, business license tax, and utility user tax issues
• Provide counsel on compliance with federal, state, and local election and campaign finance laws
• Certified Senn-Delaney facilitator.
• Served as a member of various Law Department committees, including: Diversity, Operations and Administration Committee, and Pro Bono Task Force
Executive Committee Member
Environmental Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association

2003 – 2006 (3 years)
Commissioner
South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission

2001 – 2004 (3 years)

Vice-Chair, 2003-2004.
Board Member
Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter

1998 – 2004 (6 years)

Chair, Law School Outreach Committee, 2000 – 2002.
Chair, Technology Committee, 2000.
Co-Chair
Council of California State Bar Sections

1998 – 1999 (1 year)
Executive Committee Member
Environmental Law Section, State Bar of California

1994 – 1998 (4 years)

Chair, 1997-1998; Vice-Chair, 1996-1997; Treasurer, 1995-1996; Co-Chair, Yosemite Environmental Law Institute, 1996.
Attorney/Senior Attorney, Environmental, Property, & Local Governance Section
Southern California Edison

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

1994 – 1998 (4 years)

Reporting to the Senior Attorney, provide legal support and guidance on various environmental and property matters.
Deputy Attorney General
California Department of Justice

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Law Enforcement industry

1989 – 1994 (5 years)

Criminal and civil enforcement practice under CERCLA, RCRA, CEQA and Proposition 65. Client agencies represented included the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Regional Water Resources Control Boards, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and Department of Fish and Game.
Associate
Kaye Scholer LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

1987 – 1989 (2 years) Los Angeles

Litigation practice in areas including CEQA, intellectual property, insurance coverage, and antitrust law.

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Tom’s membership record with State Bar of California

Source: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/127292

Richard S. Tom – #127292
Current Status:  Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

See below for more details.
Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Bar Number:     127292
Address:     1813 Fletcher Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030     Phone Number:     (626) 673-9137
Fax Number:     Not Available
e-mail:     Not Available
County:     Los Angeles
Undergraduate School:     Stanford Univ; Stanford CA
District:        District 2
Sections:     None     Law School:     Univ of Michigan Law Sch; Ann Arbor MI
Status History
Effective Date     Status Change
Present     Active
10/26/2012     Active
1/20/2012     Inactive
12/11/1986     Admitted to The State Bar of California

 

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The Leslie Brodie Report’s Keyword Analysis for December 26, 2011 (TLR Note: an upset reader from Davis , California with an IP Adress of 98.244.54.59 — Dave Rosenberg? Dan Maguire? Tim Fall?)

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    of Political Science and Public Policy
  • John De Luca, Ph.D
    Chairman of the Board, UCSF Gallo Research Center
  • Todd Dipaola
    Co-founder and President of CheckPoints LLC
    Co-founder and former CFO Vantage Media
  • Stuart Drown (MPP ’86) Ex-officio
    Executive Director, The Little Hoover Commission
  • Joseph Epstein
    President, Sierra Steel Trading LLC
  • Robert Epstein, Ph.D
    Co-founder, Environmental Entrepeneurs
    Co-founder and former EVP, Sybase
  • Honorable Dianne Feinstein
    Senator, United States Senate
  • Charles L. Frankel
    President, Frankel International Development Organization
  • John Gage, Ph.D
    Former Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office, Sun Microsystems
  • Douglas E. Goldman, M.D., Ex-officio
    Chairman and Founder, Certain Software, Inc.
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Garrett Gruener
    Co-Founder and Director Alta Partners
    Executive Chairman and CEO Nanomix, Inc.
    Founder Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com
  • Thomas P. Grumbly (MPP ’74)
    Vice Pres., Civil Government Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Peter D. Hart
    Chairman, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
  • Elizabeth Hill (MPP ’75)
    Retired Legislative Analyst, California State Legislature
  • Nancy Hult Ganis
    Producer, Out of the Blue Entertainment
  • Noelle Leca
    KQED Board of Directors; Emerge Board of Directors
  • Mel Levine
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LL, Former US Representative, 27th Congressional District
  • Jim Losi
    Founder & Chair, Kundebana Foundation
  • Nancy McFadden
    Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, Office of the Governor, State of CA
  • Michael Nacht, Ex-officio
    Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair, Goldman School of Public Policy
    Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael Peevey
    President, California Public Utilities Commission
    Former President of NewEnergy Inc., Edison International and Southern California Edison Company
  • Gary B. Pruitt (MPP ’81)
    President and CEO, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Thomas C. Schneider
    Retired Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Michelle Schwartz (MPP/MPH ’88)
    Director, Mila Fine Arts
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Budd Shenkin, M.D. (MPP ’71)
    President, Bayside Medical Group
  • Steve Silberstein
    Retired Co-Founder of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • John Wilton
    Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, UC Berkeley
  • Jerry Yoon
    Managing Director/Head of Equity Derivative Flow, RBS

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

Richard Goldman Ronald George

Allen Matkins Facebook Page for April 2010 and June 2010 (TLR Note: Notice in April, no mention of visit by UC Irvine Saturday Academy of Law ; In June, ample coverage of social events i.e. Cruz Reynoso; conclusion: April visit never took place)

April 2010

  1. OC Attorney Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in the Daily Journal regarding trading in private shares.

  2. Green Building Update – April 28, 2010
    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) funded $4 billion in construction projects to make federal buildings more energy efficient.More than500 companies received contracts for 391 projects include retrofits of existing buildings and construction of new buildings. …

  3. Los Angeles Attorneys Timothy McGinity and Andrew Miller Elected to Partnership

  4. Renewable Energy Update – April 27, 2010
    Voters support increasing the use of wind power in the U.S. and adopting a strong Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), according to a national poll released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). …

  5. OC attorney Keith Paul Bishop was interviewed by Michael Finney of KGO AM 810 about how the Securities and Exchange Commission’s amending Rule 144 a few years ago opened the door to trading of non-reporting issuers on the Internet.

  6. You may need to amend your estate planning documents.

    Legal Alert: Repeal of the Estate Tax – What You Need to Know for 2010
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP is a California law firm with over 230 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Century City, Del Mar Heights, San Diego, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. …

  7. Walnut Creek attorneys David Blackwell and Mike Durkee publish an article in the Daily Journal: “EIR for Prohibiting Plastic Bags?”

  8. Renewable Energy Update – April 20, 2010
    A revival in stock prices is reigniting interest in IPOs by environmental companies, spurring businesses from China to California to issue new shares. IPOs have increased as the MSCI World Index of stocks …

  9. Green Building Update – April 16, 2010
    Nearly 50 U.S. firms, including Google, GE, and AT&T, urged the President to let consumers know how much energy they use so they can decide where to cut back. The group said technology exists to let consumers see their power use. …

  10. Legal Alert: California Court of Appeal Rejects Insurance Company’s Attempt to Cap and Arbitrate Dam
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP is a California law firm with more than 220 attorneys practicing out of seven offices in Los Angeles, Century City, Orange County, Del Mar Heights, San Diego, San Francisco and Walnut Creek. …

  11. Renewable Energy Update – April 13, 2010
    A group of 47 companies and organizations, including several in the IT sector, have asked President Obama to take new steps that would allow homeowners and businesses to better monitor their energy use. …

  12. Renewable Energy Opportunities – April 14, 2010
    Los Angeles (213) 955-5504 pperry@allenmatkins.com Emily Murray Los Angeles (213) 955-5584 emurray@allenmatkins.com Kaylynn KimLos Angeles(213) 955-5645kkim@allenmatkins.com Eleanor M. Ord Los Angeles (213) 955-5653 eord@allenmatkins.com

  13. Green Building Update – April 9, 2010
    The economy may slow cap-and-trade in California, Arizona and the Nation. Citing the recession, Arizona backed out of a cap-and-trade plan with other states and parts of Canada. Meanwhile, the California …

  14. Renewable Energy Update – April 6, 2010
    The California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help the state stimulate solar energy research and build a sustainable solar industry. …

  15. Green Building Update – April 1, 2010
    The EPA crowned Los Angles as the city with the most Energy Star buildings in 2009. LA had 293 Energy Star-labeled buildings or over 76 million square feet of floor space, with an estimated cost savings …

June 2010

  1. Renewable Energy Update – June 29, 2010
    Biomass proponents see themselves as a positive force in the effortagainst fossil fuels, the New York Times reports. But power generated by burning wood, plants and other organic material, which makes up 50% of all renewable energy produced in the U.S., according to federal statistics, is facing inc…

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  2. Green Building Update – June 25, 2010
    The DOE announced awards of $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

  3. The Air District’s new comprehensive CEQA Guidelines provide tools for local agencies to use in making smart development decisions that protect residents from harmful air emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.

    Legal Alert: Bay Area Air District Adopts Groundbreaking CEQA Thresholds of Significance for Greenho
    Los AngelesPatrick A. Perry, Partner Patrick E. Breen, PartnerChris Safarian, Partner Michael Gonzales, Sr. Counsel Emily Murray, Sr. Counsel Kaylynn L. Kim, AssociateEleanor M. Ord, Associate Orange CountyWilliam R. Devine, Partner John C. Condas, Partner K. Erik Friess, PartnerMi…

  4. Green Building Update – June 23, 2010
    A new reportreleased by Greenpeace International provides a detailed scenario for the global energy future that describes how governments can create 12 million jobs by 2030 (8.5 million in the renewable energy sector alone), and achieve nearly 100% renewable energy globally by 2050. The report provi…

  5. Renewable Energy Update – June 22, 2010
    The annual KPMG survey on global renewable energy mergers and acquisitions found 37% of respondents plan to invest in biomass, 36% plan to invest in solar and 35% in wind energy. Survey respondents indicate they prefer biomass plants because of their potential to yield higher returns than other rene…

  6. OC attorney Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in the Daily Journal regarding when California’s corporate law applies to derivitave suits involving foreign corporations.

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  7. Sustainable Industries unveils its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Product winners in a free one-hour web conference tomorrow at 10 a.m.

    California-based judges Kris Kimble, CEO of The Green Hive and Barry Giles, CEO of BuildingWise discuss thSee More

  8. Renewable Energy Update – June 15, 2010
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave limited support to a Republican senator for introducing an alternative climate bill that would limit emissions by less than President Barack Obama wants to, but would also take steps to reduce U.S. …

  9. San Diego attorneys Lynn Borkenhagen and Charlie Pernicka wrote an article that appeared in the June 11 issue of GlobeSt.com regarding real estate investors seeking to take advantage of low prices for distressed residential properties and construction defect liability that may result.

    GlobeSt.com – Didnt Build? Why Are you Being Sued for Defects? – Commentary Article
    SAN DIEGO-Broken residential projects make attractive targets for real estate investors seeking to take advantage of low prices, but these projects come with a hidden cost.

  10. Green Building Update – June 14, 2010
    In October 2009, President Obama signed E.O. 13154 that included green building standards for the construction and renovation of all federal buildings. The DOE is proposing regulations to comply with E.O. …

  11. Bryan Jackson wrote an article regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and affordable green home improvements that appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Green Homebuilder.

    Greenhomebuildermag Magazine: Departments
    builder and developer magazine by peninsula publishing, Reaching the Professionals of the Home Building Industry Nationwide- From Hawaii to Maine. building manufacturers, Construction material distributors, construction material retailer, construction materials buyers guide, home design ideas, onlin…

  12. Mike Durkee and Dave Blackwell wrote an article regarding the Williamson Act and siting implications for California projects for Solar Industry magazine.

  13. OC Partner Keith Paul Bishop recently published an article in The Daily Journal regarding drafting contract amendments and determining whether the amendment is subject to the California Corporate Securities Law (CSL).

  14. Marshall Wallace Joins Litigation Practice Group in San Francisco Office

  15. OC Partner Bill Devine recently published an article regarding the slow pace of utility scale solar development in California.

  16. Renewable Energy Update – June 8, 2010
    ‘Not in my backyard’ opposition, or NIMBY-ism, can cause delays and added expenses in delivering projects, and in some cases, has led to them being cancelled. Measures to combat such objections have been developed and implemented by New Zealand-based firm, Truescape. …

  17. Green Building Update – June 8, 2010
    Alleging their $4.5 million condo is not green enough (NGE), the unit owners are suing The Riverhouse One Rockefeller Park for $1.5 million.The Riverhouse, which is seeking LEED Gold certification, was …

  18. Allen Matkins hosted an event with the Orange County Diversity Task Force on Monday, June 7 – a screening of the documentary film, “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice,” at the Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. Several organizations,See More

  19. Alan Hearty Joins Litigation Practice Group: Ireland Native Counsels Irish Companies and Government Agencies Doing Business in the U.S.

  20. Renewable Energy Opportunities – June 4, 2010
    Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) plans to issue its 2010 Solar Photovoltaic Program Power Purchase Agreement Request for Offers (RFO) once the RFO is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). …

  21. If you are attending tomorrow’s ULI Urban Marketplace at the Anaheim Convention Center, be sure to stop by the the Allen Matkins table (table 25) where you can join in on a discussion with Partner John Condas on: New Trends in Land Use Regulation, and How to Keep Your Entitlements Alive

  22. Renewable Energy Update – June 1, 2010
    The U.S. and Canada should have more than enough power to keep homes and businesses cool during the peak summer air-conditioning season as a slow economy depresses electricity demand for the second year in a row, according to a reliability assessment report. …

  23. Great to see another Angeleno working hard for clean, sustainable efforts. Check out CleanTechLA and spread the word!

 

Source: http://www.facebook.com/allenmatkins

 

2012 — Bay Area CEOs are calling on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to restore proposed cuts to the GoSolarSF program (TLR Note: Isn’t solar useless since current is direct, unlike AC ?)

Bay Area CEOs are calling on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to restore proposed cuts to the GoSolarSF program.

The program, which has been funded with $5 million in taxpayer money for the past several years but proposed budget cuts lop $3 million from the program over each of the next two years.

The leaders of SunRun, Clean Power Finance, First Solar, One Block Off the Grid, Vote Solar, Suntech, SunEdison Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates and Carbon War Room sent a letter to Lee today asking him to help restore the program. In the letter, they say the program has led to solar development in the city and has been a factor in 208 cleantech businesses locating in San Francisco.

“We are concerned that proposed cuts… will severely undermine this progress and negatively impact San Francisco’s clean technology leadership and economic development,” the letter said.

See the full letter here.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2012/06/ceos-oppose-cuts-to-sf-s…

TIMELINE: Carbon War Room Takes Aim at Shipping (TLR Note:Tony Haymet, José María Figueres, McKinsey ,ClimateWorks)

Ships 
Agence France-Presse A new think-tank wants to require ships to measure their emissions — and then do something about it.

The Carbon War Room, a new and self-described “philanthropic initiative” aiming to fight climate change with help from entrepreneurs, is stepping into the limelight with its first target: the shipping industry.

The group — which is generating buzz in clean-tech circles — is headed by Jigar Shah, the founder of SunEdison, a solar energy services company, and is backed by Richard Branson, the head of Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Atlantic Airlines.

The consulting firm McKinsey is an adviser to the Carbon War Room, as is ClimateWorks, a respected San Francisco-based policy research organization.

Major financiers beyond Mr. Branson have not yet been named, but the group is already pushing to mandate a “ship efficiency rating system” that will label commercial vessels according to how much pollution they emit. The expectation, of course, is that this type of information will be a step toward making the industry more efficient.

Mr. Branson recently discussed this campaign in a conversation with The Daily Beast. The shipping industry, he said, is “just as big a polluter as the airline industry, if not more. But they’ve managed to keep under the radar and done almost nothing about their carbon footprint. They could save vast amounts of money and contribute a lot to the world if they got their act together.”

Carbon reduction is a subject of debate within the International Maritime Organization.

Please continue @: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/carbon-war-room-targets-shipping/

 

TIMELINE 2010 – New York Times: Branson’s ‘Carbon War Room’ Puts Industry on Front Line of U.S. Climate Debate (TLR Note: John Doerr, Craig Cogut, Pegasus Capital Advisors)

Richard Branson, the British-born billionaire, equates global warming with the kind of threat posed by a world war. In a capitalist America, he argues, that means deploying private equity and ingenuity to beat a common enemy — in this case, carbon emissions.

A serial entrepreneur, Branson has become as famous for the success of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways and a flock of spinoff companies as for his stabs at addressing vexing environmental and public health issues. His ventures, including trips to outer space, have made him among the world’s most famous capitalists, alongside Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

His latest venture, the “Carbon War Room,” is a nonprofit organization based less than a mile from the White House. It has been around for five months, but has kept a low profile as it sells to venture capitalists, private equity investors and U.S. industrial giants the idea that cutting greenhouse gas emissions can drive long- and short-term profits and is good for the U.S. economy.

If businesses and governments fail to address global warming, Branson said in an interview yesterday, the problems could outstrip the damage done during World Wars I and II. “I thought, if that’s the case, where is the war room, where is the center that’s coordinating the attack on carbon?”

Cargo shipping, airlines, cities and housing are some of the low-hanging fruit, said Branson and Carbon War Room staff as they described partnerships with companies including Maersk, the global tanker operator, to cut some of the noxious pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions that come with shipping goods across the ocean.

A critical point in the debate

Branson has entered the fray at a critical point in the U.S. climate debate. The debate in the United States has grown more strident since the House passed its hotly contested cap-and-trade bill and as climate change skeptics have won traction on Capitol Hill and in the public eye.

Democratic leaders in the Senate and the Obama administration are gearing up to push financial regulatory reform toward a quick vote, getting off their plate the only big-ticket issue, aside from filling Justice John Paul Stevens’ seat on the Supreme Court, standing in the way of a debate about energy and climate policy. On Monday, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) are planning to unveil a long-anticipated legislative proposal designed to attract support across the political spectrum and pass in the Senate.

The three senators have met repeatedly behind closed doors with business leaders in recent months, and have made it clear that the political coalition needed for passage includes the amorphous business community. The White House has kept close ties with influential electric utility executives inclined to support a carefully crafted cap on emissions; General Electric Co., the major U.S. maker of gas turbines, windmills and appliances; and venture capitalists who see “green” business opportunities as every bit the driver of U.S. innovation and big financial deals as the Internet during the 1990s.

“The government can’t make things happen on its own,” said Rebecca Blank, undersecretary for economic affairs at the Department of Commerce. “If the private sector doesn’t believe in this, public-sector efforts won’t be effective.”

In a pair of reports issued yesterday, the Commerce Department tried to bang home the idea that the U.S. government, from this point on, is measuring the output of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. The roughly $500 billion green economy “is poised for growth,” the department concluded. Between 1.8 million and 2.4 million green jobs counted by Commerce are primarily in the areas of energy conservation, resource conservation and pollution control. Manufacturing accounted for about 200,000 jobs.

Commerce also said that manufacturers have become more carbon dioxide-efficient, and households account for 30 percent of energy-related emissions.

U.S. competitiveness is at stake?

Ardent clean-energy venture capitalists pressing the U.S. government to adopt mandatory carbon controls, with the idea that doing so opens the door to a lucrative technology boom, have been making their case quietly. Last summer, ahead of the House climate debate, groups for and against legislation spent millions of dollars on the newspaper and television advertising.

Daylong events yesterday and today sponsored by the Carbon War Room, including speeches by Branson, were closed to all but a few reporters. Branson was scheduled to meet with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. EPA chief Lisa Jackson last evening. Today, there could be a trip to the White House, Branson and others said.

Top executives at Intel, Microsoft and Oracle signed a letter along with John Doerr, the venture capitalist, and the chief executives of Tesla Motors and Solazyme to urge members of Congress to continue to support Department of Energy funding for high-risk clean energy projects. Nothing less than U.S. national security and global competitiveness are at stake, they assert.

For the people involved in Branson’s Carbon War Room, the bigger the company or city they can reach, the greater the impact.

Branson’s bigger-than-life personality so far has attracted at least one significant private-equity investor, the founder of Pegasus Capital Advisors, Craig Cogut, who co-founded of the Carbon War Room after Branson pitched the idea about a year ago.

Cogut points to Waste Management and Wal-Mart as examples of companies that came around to seeing sustainable development as a profit-making enterprise. “Wal-Mart is the single biggest force for change in this area,” he said. “Does the Carbon War Room have to wake them up? No, but there are many others we can help wake up.”

Looking for energy efficiency partnerships

Branson also attracted Jigar Shah, who in 2003 created SunEdison, which he has since sold and remains among the largest U.S.-based solar power developers and financiers.

Shah said the group started out asking what has been done already. “We realized that over 50 percent of carbon emissions globally have profitable technologies that exist today that can offset the offending technology,” he said. “So the question is, what the hell are people waiting for?”

Too much of that technology remains inaccessible. “Market failures are in the way,” he said. “We are certainly a pro-capitalist organization, but capitalism doesn’t work efficiently in every single sector.”

Later this month or early next month, Shah and his staff will announce energy efficiency partnerships with a handful of cities around the world. In shipping, the organization first approached the most willing big tanker companies, particularly Maersk, to coordinate on an effort to measure shippers’ emissions and potential reductions. The selling point is to their customers, who want lower shipping and fuel costs. “These shippers expect to get a competitive advantage if they have a more efficient ship and people know about it,” said Shah.

Please continue @: https://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2010/04/22/22climatewire-bransons-carbon-war-ro…

Richard Branson on The Carbon War Room

 

Virgin Australia Branson

Virgin CEO Richard Branson tells The Daily Beast he has an escape plan for the end of the world—an environmentally sound spaceship.

Over the last four decades, Richard Branson has launched more than 200 companies to create his Virgin empire, including Virgin Galactic, the first commercial venture in space exploration. He’s also devoted significant amounts of his time and money to developing green technologies aimed at combating climate change. So perhaps it’s fitting that he should eventually combine the two interests. In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, Branson talks about green space travel, developing an interstellar escape plan in case of environmental catastrophe, and his “Carbon War Room,” a group of entrepreneurs who know a thing or two about going green and getting rich.

Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to conduct a commercial test flight using biofuels in early 2008. What’s the latest on that program?

We’ve invested in a company called Gevo and they’ve developed a fuel called isobutanol, which is almost 100 percent carbon neutral. We are in the process of testing that for aviation use and we’re hopeful—but not guaranteeing—that within five years most of the Virgin Atlantic planes can be flying on that fuel. We’re also in discussions with others that have invested in algae-based fuels.

The five-year time frame is more ambitious than I would have thought.

The troubles of the world are worse than I thought, and therefore we’ve got to be ambitious in dealing with them.

“As [Stephen Hawking] rightfully says, chances are mankind will one day be destroyed on Earth. So it makes sense for us to try and set up a proper base somewhere else.”

You have a track record of bringing people together to do just that. In 2007, you formed The Eldersa group of global diplomatswith Nelson Mandela and Peter Gabriel. And last year Larry Page of Google, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, among others, came together at your home on Necker Island to brainstorm about ways to fight climate change. Are any new partnerships under way as a result of that meeting?

That was a forerunner of the Carbon War Room. If carbon is the enemy, you set up a war room. For the last three days, I’ve been tucked away in a house outside New York City setting it up. There are major issues, but major opportunities. Take the shipping industry—they are just as big a polluter as the airline industry, if not more. But they’ve managed to keep under the radar and done almost nothing about their carbon footprint. They could save vast amounts of money and contribute a lot to the world if they got their act together. So we’re working on ways to try and get in there and educate them.

Space Plane

Mike Roemer / AP Photo

And how to make it economically feasible for the industry at the same time.

Yes, to tackle these issues so the businesses themselves do not suffer financially. We’ve got a lot of entrepreneurs working on it. If there’s a way that businesses can benefit from tackling carbon that’s obviously a win-win.

Who else is involved?

We’ve just named Jigar Shah, founder of Sun Edison and former manager of U.S. marketing at BP Solar, as our CEO.

BRITAIN EARTH CHALLENGE

Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo

Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn recently made the case in The Guardian that advances in space travel will benefit the environment. What are your long-term dreams for Galactic beyond the initial space-tourism flights?

Because we’re launching people from the air and not the ground and our technology is about 50 years younger than NASA’s, there’s almost no carbon output to get people into space. We can also get things like satellites into space at a fraction of the current carbon output. And once the space program is up and running we’ll see if we can’t do intercontinental passenger flights at very rapid speeds by getting people out of the Earth’s atmosphere with hopefully almost zero carbon. I think it’s some years off, but may be attained.

Have you contemplated anything even further out?

One of the reasons Stephen Hawking is going to space with us is that he wants to see it explored more. He’d like to see us start populating other planets in case something happens to people on Earth. As he rightfully says, chances are mankind will one day be destroyed on Earth. So it makes sense for us to try and set up a proper base somewhere else. Whether our work on the Virgin Galactic program will help or not, we’ll have to see. But once you get private companies investing in space, it’s likely things are going to move more quickly. And there are lots of possibilities worth exploring once space travel becomes the norm rather than the expensive exception. Capturing solar would be one, putting mirrors in space to reflect some of the sun’s rays and slow down the heating process might be another.

Please continue @: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/09/01/branson-blasts-off.html

Raoul Kennedy, Joe Dunn, Robert Adler, Thomas Nolan, Walter Lack — All Christian White Male — Top the Bottom Half of The Leslie Brodie Report “10 Most Corrupt Lawyers in California” for 2012

 

The Leslie Brodie Report, an online news-media outlet for a faith-based group, chose the following as California’s “Ten Most Corrupt Lawyers”

The list, in order of severity:

6. Raoul Kennedy of Skadden Arps

7. Joe Dunn of Voice of OC

8. Robert Adler of Southern California Edison

9. Thomas Nolan of Skadden Arps

10. Walter Lack of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack.

 

For 1 through 5, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/ron-olson-james-brosnahan-john-k…

A more detailed list,  including Dishonorable Mentions for 2011-2012, will be published soon.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

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

 

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

 

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

August 31, 2012

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

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

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

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

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Pacific Gas & Electric (“PG&E”) New Energy Academy — Part 2

Part 1, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/fraud-and-deception-by-the-paci…

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company

New Energy Academy: A partnership with the California Department of Education based on the California Partnership Academy model

November 2011 — Like many companies, Pacific Gas& Electric Company (PG&E) has a strong commitment to education.  Also like many companies, it funds local schools in the communities where its employees live and work.  However, in 2009, PG&E made a commitment unlike any other company.  It made a bold move to take its education support to a new level in California by being the first private enterprise to partner directly with the California Department of Education to build a specific career-themed academy and be involved in every facet of developing the curriculum. 

The New Energy Academy  was borne out of this effort and is in its second year at five high schools in Northern and Central California.  Venture Academy (Stockton), Foothill High School (Sacramento), Independence High School (Bakersfield), Edison High School (Fresno) and Berkeley High School (Berkeley) each welcomed their second class of sophomores who have made the commitment to a 3-year intensive course of study.   

In addition to completing all of the “regular” high school requirements, New Energy Academy students participate in academic and technical courses focused on the energy/environmental sectors.  Energy and environmental concepts are incorporated throughout different types of required courses.  For example, the algebra class for New Energy Academy teaches the concepts in a way that is relevant within the energy industry.  In this way, students can see the real-life application of what they are studying in a way that eliminates the age old question “When will I ever use this again?”

New Energy AcademyPG&E has partnered directly with the California Department of Education to build a specific career-themed academy and is involved in every facet of developing the curriculum.

The decision to build the New Energy Academy was not a small one – or one that PG&E took lightly.  The company carefully studied this opportunity before making a commitment to support the development of this program. And the more it learned, the more it liked. The benefits of this program are far-reaching: it addresses issues that were of concern to the company as well as to the community.  The program is designed to ensure that 50% of the students enrolled are considered “at-risk” as defined in education code.  This evaluation includes looking at both academic performance and economic factors in determining the risk.  Students must also demonstrate an interest in enrolling and a commitment for the full three year program. PG&E also hopes that through the New Energy Academy, students may begin to define a future for themselves in the energy industry which is facing an aging workforce and needs to find innovative ways to introduce and encourage interest in this field of study.   Learning about renewable and clean energy development is a core element of the curriculum and an essential part of energy’s future.

With so much alignment between business, employee and customer interests, it’s no wonder that PG&E employees donated over 700 hours to working with the core team to develop the curriculum. Employees staffed career fairs, provided insight and expertise to curriculum development teams, provided technical support, guided field trips and hosted site visits.  

Today, employees continue to serve as guest speakers and advisors to the schools and at the annual New Energy Academy Summer Institute for the teachers. The student response has been positive and encouraging. PG&E provided an additional incentive to the inaugural class of students – complete the three year program and graduate with a $1,000 scholarship. Just as important is to keep the teachers excited and motivated.  To help reach that goal, the New Energy Academy received $100,000 per school for classroom improvements, supplies and innovative learning opportunities.

The New Energy Academy was recently recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition with an “Academy Award” for best in class for public/private partnerships.  While that is certainly something to be proud of, the most rewarding achievement will be when the first graduates cross the platform to pick up their diplomas.  For many, that walk will be the first of many times they will demonstrate how they are beating the odds.  

Source: http://www.corporatephilanthropy.org/membership/philanthropy-initiatives/1117…

Ciavarella: Trial judge in bribery case biased

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

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

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

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

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

In other judicial bribery related news, a new wrinkle was recently added as California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Profile of Public Relations Firm Goddard Claussen — (TLR Note: Tentatively and Preliminary, TLR Avers Sufficient Appearances Exist to Support a Claim Goddard Claussen, Porter Novelli, and Lucas Public Affairs Are One and the Same)

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Goddard Claussen is a public relations firm which boasts that it is “the most successful issue advocacy firm in America. Winning for our clients led us to create the first national advocacy advertising campaign in America, the first political advertising in the former Soviet Union, and the first feature film that educates as it entertains. When you think of breaking down barriers, think Goddard Claussen.”[1]

Goddard Claussen is the PR firm working to suspend California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32[2]; yet this firm is also listed among the members of American Businesses for Clean Energy, as supporting “climate and energy legislation that will provide meaningful change for future generations and businesses.”[3]

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Clients

On its website Goddard Claussen lists clients as having included[4]:

Personnel

On its website, Goddard Claussen states that “our employees are former Democratic and Republican congressional aides, White House staffers, department advisors and non-profit executives.” It lists its “team”, as of July 2009, as comprising[5]

Contact details

Website: http://www.goddardclaussen.com/ Goddard Claussen has offices in Washington DC, Sacramento CA and Roseville CA[6]:

  • Washington, DC

701 8th St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001
Ph: 202-293-5870
Fax: 202-293-5874

  • Sacramento, CA

1215 K Street, Suite 2260
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: 916-329-7403
Fax: 916-329-7404

  • Roseville, CA

3001 Douglas Blvd, Suite 225
Roseville, CA 95661
Ph: 916-677-5591
Fax: 916-677-5596

 

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. Goddard Claussen, “Philosophy”, Goddard Claussen website, accessed July 2009.
  2. Colin Sullivan (2010-03-03). Texas Refiners Mum About Funding Push to Halt Calif. Climate Law. NYTimes.com. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “…public relations firm in Sacramento that has been hired by advocates of A.B. 32 …spokeswoman for the PR firm, Goddard Claussen…did confirm that the firm has been retained to handle media and gather signatures to place the measure on the ballot.”
  3. (Goddard Claussen). American Businesses for Clean Energy. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Goddard Claussen – Washington, DC – Goddard Claussen supports climate and energy legislation that will provide meaningful change for future generations and businesses.”
  4. ” Featured Case Studies”, Goddard Claussen website, accessed July 2009.(See also the links under the “Ballot Measures” and “Issue Advocacy and Branding” tabs.)
  5. “The Team”, Goddard Claussen website, accessed July 2009.
  6. Contact. Goddard Claussen. Retrieved on 2010-03-04.

External resources

External articles

 

Source: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Goddard_Claussen

TIMELINE 2005: Enron, California Reach $1.52 Bln Energy Settlement (TLR Note: Part of TLR’s Coverage of State Bar – CPUC Money Connection / OS Scandal – Geoffrey Brown)

Enron Corp., the energy trader that filed the second-largest U.S. bankruptcy on record, agreed to a $1.52 billion settlement to end claims of market manipulation during the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001.

The agreement, which needs approval from federal energy regulators and the bankruptcy court, includes $47.5 million in cash, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said today in a statement. California parties, including utilities owned by PG&E Corp. and other companies, will receive an $875 million unsecured claim in Enron’s bankruptcy proceeding.

In the past month, Houston-based Enron has also settled lawsuits related to its retirement plans and resolved claims with the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and power producer Mirant Corp.

“This settlement represents the latest in a series of significant issues that have been resolved in Enron’s bankruptcy proceedings,” Enron Chief Executive Stephen Cooper said in a company statement. “Settlements such as this one allow us to remove claims against the estate so that we can accelerate distributions to all other creditors.”

Enron’s bankruptcy plan calls for unsecured claimants to receive about 20 cents on the dollar. It owes creditors about $74 billion.

The settlement unveiled today will likely result in payments of “hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Lockyer.

The settlement also calls for Washington and Oregon to receive $22.5 million from the unsecured claim. The three states would levy a combined penalty of $600 million, which would be a subordinated claim in the bankruptcy, Lockyer said.

Price Surge, Blackouts

In California, Enron was accused of manipulating power supplies, causing prices in the state to surge as much as 100- fold during the crisis, leading to rolling blackouts and the bankruptcy of PG&E’s Pacific Gas & Electric unit, California’s largest utility.

Enron was “the architect of gaming strategies that powered the plundering of California ratepayers,” Lockyer said.

Federal regulators called for the resolution of any remaining lawsuits related to the state’s energy crisis.

“The dark cloud of litigation and regulatory uncertainty has been hanging over California for five years,” said Joseph Kelliher, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in an e-mailed statement. “It’s time for all of us to step up to the plate and resolve these remaining issues.”

Other California utility-owners which are in line to share the unsecured claim include Edison International and Sempra Energy.

Please continue @:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aK1LyiBrJKFU&r…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other bribery related news, a new wrinkle was recently added as California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Richard Robinson — Former Lawmaker/Lobbyist Arrested on Suspicion of DUI (TLR Note In Re Robinson / Jeannine English Below)

Assemblyman Richard Robinson crashed his BMW in Sacramento and was later booked on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Robinson, a Democrat who represented the Garden Grove area in the Assembly from 1975 to 1986 and then worked as a lobbyist for many years, was driving an SUV with special plates indicating he’s the retired District 72 assemblyman when he crashed Wednesday night. Fox 40 TV news caught the aftermath on tape.

Robinson has a clean driving record, according to the DMV.

But he’s no stranger to the law. As a registered lobbyist until November 2010, Robinson represented the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

Please continue @:

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/09/robinson-dddui—do-not-po…

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TLR Note:

1. Robinson, a Sacramento Lobbyist, mentored Richard Lehman and Jeannine English. See @:

http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Lobbying/Firms/Detail.aspx?id=1147420&view=ge…

 

2. Robinson’s clients include Southern California Edison, Fulcrum Property, PRIDE Industries, CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, and the Rumsey Rancheria,

See@:

http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Lobbying/Firms/Detail.aspx?id=1147420&view=ge…

 

3. Robisnon is well connected, and included in his network are Joe Dunn, Jeannine English, Thomas Girardi, Richard Lehman, Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein, as well as others.

 

California Public Utilities Commission – Jeannine English Connection – Part 1: CPUC Service Lists

 

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

APALC

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

Executive Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Members at Large

  • Michael J. Brennan

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

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

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Fung Der

    Bank of America
  • Leslie Furukawa, Esq.

    Gomez & Furukawa

 

  • Veronica Gutierrez

    Southern California Edison

 

  • Alvin D. Kang

    BBCN Bank
  • Joseph K. Kim, Esq.

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 

  • C. David Lee, Esq.

    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

 

  • Stephen C. Lee, Esq.

    BP America Inc.
  • Joseph M. Lumarda

    Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • Timothy J. McCallion

    Verizon
  • Manisha Merchant, Esq.

    Union Bank
  • Loc Nam Nguyen

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
  • Mary Jane Perez

    Microsoft
  • Kevin M. Tamaki

    AT&T
  • Dennis Uyemura

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

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Source:

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

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California Bar Foundation

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Todd
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Richard Tom
Southern California Edison

Douglas A. Winthrop, President
Arnold & Porter LLP

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

Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Frederick Brown, Secretary
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

David Grove, Treasurer
Vaquero Capital

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation

Raul Ayala
Office of the Federal Public Defender

Ronald L. Blanc
Arnold & Porter LLP

Debora Buljat
General Dynamics NASSCO

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

S. Raj Chatterjee
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Julia De Beers
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

Nancy L. Fineman
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Sandra S. Fujiyama
Sidley Austin LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand

Martha K. Gooding
Jones Day

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

Geoffrey Holtz
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Robert D. Infelise
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

Paul V. Konovalov
Latham & Watkins LLP

Justin T. Miller
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Amy M. Ross
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas Silk
SILK NONPROFIT LAW

Dianne Baquet Smith
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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

Christy Susman
Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

Julie Taylor
Keesal, Young & Logan

Paul Tepper
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Karen E. Walter
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Nancy Whang
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Shawn Williams
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Source:

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

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Fred Rowley — Munger Tolles & Olson

Ben Wong — Southern California Edison

Complete list, please see @

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

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

GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

 

ANCHOR LIGHTING v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON — California Supreme Court Case Number S147201 (TLR Note:Notice Justice Chin Does Not Disqulify Himself ; Part of Scheme by MTO’s Ron Olson – a Director of Edison – to Corrupt Chin through CAUSE)

Docket (Register of Actions)

ANCHOR LIGHTING v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Case Number S147201

 

Date Description Notes
10/10/2006 Petition for review filed     appellant, Anchor Lighting attorney Steven R. Weinmann, retained
10/10/2006 Record requested    
10/11/2006 Received Court of Appeal record    
10/27/2006 Answer to petition for review filed     respondent Southern California Edison Company and Edison International attorney, Bian A. Cardoza, retained
11/15/2006 Petition for review denied    

 

Party Attorney
Anchor Lighting : Plaintiff and Appellant

Steven Richard Weinmann
Gold Bennett Cera & Sidener
3240 Stone Valley Road West
Alamo, CA

Southern California Edison Company : Defendant and Respondent

Brian Anthony Cardoza
Southern California Edison
2244 Walnut Grove Ave #331
Rosemead, CA

California Supreme Court Docket – EVARD v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON – Case S155540 (TLR Note:Notice Justice Chin 1. No recusal 2. Denies review – part of overall scheme by Edison’s Ron Olson of MTO to corrupt Chin through CAUSE)

Docket (Register of Actions)

EVARD v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Case Number S155540

 

Date Description Notes
08/21/2007 Petition for review filed     Heywood Outdoor Advertising, Inc., et al., respondents Daniel J. Gonzalez, counsel CRC 8.25b
08/21/2007 Record requested     via email
08/22/2007 Received Court of Appeal record    
08/31/2007 Answer to petition for review filed     Southern California Edison Company, Appellant by Don. H. Zell, counsel
09/10/2007 Reply to answer to petition filed    
09/10/2007 Request for depublication (petition for review pending)     Respondent Heywood Outdoor Advertising, Inc., Attorney Stephen E. Norris
09/24/2007 Opposition filed     counsel for So. Calif. Edison Company (8.25(b))
10/10/2007 Petition for review denied     The request for an order directing depublication of the opinion is denied.
11/29/2007 Returned record     1 doghouse.

 

Please see appellate court case reversing in favor of Southern California Edison @:  http://www.lawlink.com/research/CaseLevel3/84638

 

 

 

 

 

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

1st Appellate District

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

Parties and Attorneys

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

Party Attorney
Southern Calif. Edison : Petitioner

 

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

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

 

Public Utilites Commission : Respondent

 

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

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

California Public Utility Commission’s Michael Peevey,Geoffrey Brown,Jon Streeter,Loretta Lynch,Jerry Falk,Nancy McFadden,Ophelia Basgal, Peter Arth Hereby Asked to Disclose Reason Gary Cohen Represents CPUC while Employed at Department of Insurance?

Gary M. Cohen served as Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission from March 2001 to April 2003 (2 years 2 months).

Please see @:

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

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Yet, a year later, in February of 2004, Mr. Gary Cohen “enterned an appearance” in various cases, shown below. Was it part of an overall collusive litigation scheme?

PUB. UTILS. COMM’N OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA v. FERC, 02-1358

 

Appellate Information

  • Argued 02/26/2004
  • Decided 05/14/2004
  • Published 05/14/2004

Judges

  • Before:  SENTELLE, RANDOLPH, and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States DC Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Todd Edmister argued the cause for petitioner.   With him on the briefs was Arocles Aguilar.  Gary M. Cohen entered an appearance.

Source:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/us-dc-circuit/2004/05/14/123251.html

 

PG&E CORP. v. PUB. UTILS. COMM’N (OFFICE OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES), A099858, A099863, A099864, A100892, A100895, A100896, A100897

The Commission has jurisdiction over a holding company to enforce conditions that it imposes pursuant to its statutory authority to approve applications by public utilities for certain mergers, acquisitions, changes in control, or issuances of securities.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/21/2004
  • Published 05/21/2004

Judges

  • JONES, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Frederick Brown, William F. Alderman, Howard M. Ullman, David T. Alexander, Joseph M. Malkin;  Bruce Worthington, Gary P. Encinas, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner PG & E Corporation., Munger Tolles & Olson, Henry Weissmann, Jeffrey L. Bleich, San Francisco, CA, Beong-Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA, Barbara E. Mathews, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Edison International., David E. Van Iderstine, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Southern California Edison Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA;  John R. Light, Los Angeles, CA, David B. Follet, David J. Gilmore, for Petitioner Sempra Energy., Roger J. Peters, Christopher J. Warner, Michelle L. Wilson, Shirley A. Woo;  Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Jonathan P. Hayden, Sheldon H. Jaffe, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Pacific Gas and Electric Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner San Diego Gas and Electric Company.,  Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, David F. Campos, Joseph Peter Como, Deputy City Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest City and County of San Francisco., Matthew Eric Freedman, San Franciscon, CA, for Real Party in Interest The Utility Reform Network.

  • For Appellees:
  • Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent
  • Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/ca-court-of-appeal/2004/05/21/1234…

     

     

     

     

     

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

    Gary Cohen’s Overview

    Current

            Director at Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

    Past

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

        see all
    Education

            Stanford University Law School
            Brown University
            Fieldston School

    Connections

        352 connections

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

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

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

    June 2010 – June 2012 (2 years 1 month)

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

    February 2009 – June 2010 (1 year 5 months)

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

    Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

    December 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 3 months)

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

    July 2007 – October 2008 (1 year 4 months)

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

    2003 – 2007 (4 years)

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

    Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

    March 2001 – April 2003 (2 years 2 months)

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

    Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

    January 1985 – March 2001 (16 years 3 months)

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

    1982 – 1983 (1 year) Tokyo, Japan

    Source:

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

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    Gary Martin Cohen – #117215

    Current Status:  Active

    This member is active and may practice law in California.

    See below for more details.

    Profile Information

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

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

    Source:

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

     

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

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

    — May 21, 2004

     Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Frederick Brown, William F. Alderman, Howard M. Ullman, David T. Alexander, Joseph M. Malkin;  Bruce Worthington, Gary P. Encinas, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner PG & E Corporation.Munger Tolles & Olson, Henry Weissmann, Jeffrey L. Bleich, San Francisco, CA, Beong-Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA, Barbara E. Mathews, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Edison International.David E. Van Iderstine, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Southern California Edison Company.O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA;  John R. Light, Los Angeles, CA, David B. Follet, David J. Gilmore, for Petitioner Sempra Energy.Roger J. Peters, Christopher J. Warner, Michelle L. Wilson, Shirley A. Woo;  Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Jonathan P. Hayden, Sheldon H. Jaffe, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Pacific Gas and Electric Company.O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner San Diego Gas and Electric Company.Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, David F. Campos, Joseph Peter Como, Deputy City Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest City and County of San Francisco.Matthew Eric Freedman, San Franciscon, CA, for Real Party in Interest The Utility Reform Network.

     

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Khanna

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

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

    McElroy's Hostility toward Wells

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Three Card Monte in Las Vegas

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

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

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


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

    Christopher Jacob Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

    Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

    Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for OBAMA FOR AMERICA.   Dereck Anthony West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.  Around 2007-2008, West served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA .


    Tony West, Chris Young

     

    Sir James J. Brosnahan
    MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
    ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG —
    Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his own psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Dr. Africa’s wife —  Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa. In September of 2009, once Ruthe Ashley existed CaliforniaALL, Dunn (with the help of Escutia, Girardi and Brosnahan) launched online publication “Voice of OC.” Dunn is also a trustee of UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL collected from utility companies Senator Dunn officially investigated during California energy crisis.(Image: courtesy photos)


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

    James Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan. Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity.

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

    In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson launched and co-chaired the national finance committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA. Other attorneys from law firms representing utility companies seeking to place Obama in office because they hoped he would support the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives followed suit , including James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” ) Tony West (OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s Chair of California Finance Committee) Chris Young (“OBAMA FOR AMERICA” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ; member of CaliforniaALL) Steven Churchwell ( DLA Piper, Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA )

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

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

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

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

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

     

     Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

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

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    State Bar of California profile of Chris Young

     

    Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

    See original story @:

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

    See also subsequent ethics complaint @:

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

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

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

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

    Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich



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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

    GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN — GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

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

    WAR STORY TIME

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

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

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

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

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

    A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

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

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

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

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

    SMART GREED

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

    Please continue @:

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

    San Bruno, Ratepayer Advocates Challenge California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E: Demand CPUC Rescind Appointment of Sen. George Mitchell in Blockbuster PG&E Announcement

    A blistering attack by the City of San Bruno, ratepayer advocates and Assemblyman Jerry Hill called into question the California Public Utility’s appointment of Sen. George Mitchell and his law firm DLA Piper as mediators in the PG&E explosion and fire settlement.

    Mayor Jim Ruane of San Bruno, Thomas J. Long, Legal Director of consumer advocacy group The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and Karen Paull, Acting Legal Counsel, The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) all stood in front of the CPUC this morning and lambasted the “unholy and cozy alliance” between regulator CPUC and the regulated Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

    The City of San Bruno and consumer advocates signed a letter demanding the CPUC rescind the appointment of Sen. Mitchell immediately because the CPUC  went behind their backs in appointing the mediator to oversee the talks and presented evidence that CPUC and PG&E had ex-parte contact in making the decision. The groups objected to the choice of mediator and said they should have been consulted before regulator CPUC appointed the mediator.

    The California Public Utilities Commission had announced Monday that it had appointed former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to serve as mediator in the talks.

    San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson and attorneys with San Francisco and the consumer groups said the CPUC had notified PG&E before it appointed Mr. Mitchell, but didn’t notify San Bruno, San Francisco, or ratepayer advocates and officials.

    “The unilateral announcement by the CPUC Monday that it had selected a mediator without consulting any of the parties at the negotiating table is consistent with the cozy and unholy relationship between the CPUC and PG&E.  This action is symbolic of the broken, dysfunctional and dishonest relationship between PG&E and the CPUC, the agency that is supposed to be the watchdog and protector of the public’s interest,” said Mayor Ruane of San Bruno.

    “San Bruno is rightly concerned that the DLA Piper law firm has previously represented utilities–and that the firm was selected unilaterally by the CPUC and PG&E without the participation of any other party, which goes against the fundamental principles of mediation,” said Mayor Ruane at the press conference today.

    “It also is of deep concern to us that DLA Piper has a lengthy list of corporate clients, including Southern California Edison, which the current chairman of the CPUC, Michael Peevey, once headed, according to news media reports about the appointment.

    “In order for any mediation to succeed, the mediator will have to assure all the parties to our satisfaction that they have no conflicts, that they can be an unbiased mediator, and that the process will be open, transparent and fair,” Mayor Ruane said.

    Please continue @:

    http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=168763

    Related story, please see @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/10/13/hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-fr…

     

    Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Thomas Silk; Mithcell Kapor Foundation; Mitch and Freada Kapor; Cal Bar Foundation; Alleged Laundering By Tani Cantil to Phillipines Via Thomas Silk’s Philippine Development Foundation

    Thomas Silk

    Mr. Thomas Silk (image:courtesy)

     

    1. Thomas Silk as member of the California Bar Foundation, please see @:

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

    Notice also include Douglas Winthrop, Holly Fujie, Alec Chang, Nancy Fineman, Jon Streeter, Richard Tom, Marry Ann Todd, etc.

     

    2. Thomas Silk appearance on The Leslie Brodie Report, please see @:

    https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Thomas+Silk

     

    3.  CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor and husband Mitchell Kapor of Mitchell Kapor Foundation under scrutiny in re CaliforniaALL / Obama For America, please see @:

    https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Kapor

     

    4.  Thomas Silk as Secretary of Mitchell Kapor Foundation, please see @:

    http://activistcash.com/biography.cfm/b/2306-thomas-silk

     

    5. Philippine Development Foundation in Foster City, California (CA) under the care of Thomas Silk, please see @:

    http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/CA/Philippine-Development-Foundation.html

     

     

    Zach Scruggs Denied Appeal on Judge Bribery Conviction

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

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

     

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

    In other bribery related news, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Democratic Party Operative enlisted by energy company BrightSource Energy to win billion-dollar loan deal, emails show (TLR Note: Edison’s Bryson Chairman of BrightSource — Edison/Munger Major Players in Obama for America – CaliforniaALL Alleged Money

    Series of emails from solar power giant BrightSource Energy Inc. show how the company applied political pressure and used behind-the-scenes cajoling to win a $1.6 billion loan guarantee in April 2011.

    Emails obtained by The Washington Times show BrightSource leaders discussing in great detail how to best push the Energy Department to green-light the loan to fund the company’s massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert, the largest loan guarantee issued by the administration.

    “We have a lot of force gearing up to leaverage [sic] them now, including the WH and VP office [Sen. Harry] Reid and [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein, and Gov. [Jerry] Brown” of California, reads an early March 2011 email from Arthur Haubenstock, the company’s vice president of regulatory affairs.

    Mr. Haubenstock goes on to question whether the company should push its administration contacts to immediately arrange a call between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar, a project proponent, or keep it in their back pocket “to blast through any last roadblock that may appear.”….

    ….BrightSource — whose investors include Google Inc., BP Global, Chevron Corp. and Morgan Stanley — doesn’t dispute the fact that it touted the project to influence-peddlers and the most powerful in Washington. While admitting that it ramped up the pressure in early 2011, BrightSource says politics played no role and that Ivanpah was simply deemed a worthy candidate for federal dollars.

    “The Ivanpah project is an example of the [Department of Energy] loan guarantee program’s success. Today, the Ivanpah project is more than 60 percent complete and is on track to deliver power to the grid by 2013,” said Joseph Desmond, the company’s senior vice president of government affairs and communications. “In early 2011, we increased our efforts to get [the Energy Department] to make final its decision. We spoke to anybody who would listen about this great project — the largest and most technologically advanced of its kind in the world.

    “The project was completely consistent with Congress’ intention when it established the loan guarantee program — to support the commercialization of technically innovative projects,” he said. Please continue @: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/10/influence-peddling-runs-deep-…

    About CaliforniaALL, please see @  http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/californiaall/

     

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

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

    Diane Parnes

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Adler & Colvin, please see @:

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

     

    ROSTER OF CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    Douglas A. Winthrop, President
    Arnold & Porter LLP

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

    Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Frederick Brown, Secretary
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    David Grove, Treasurer
    Vaquero Capital

    Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
    California Bar Foundation

    Raul Ayala
    Office of the Federal Public Defender

    Ronald L. Blanc
    Arnold & Porter LLP

    Debora Buljat
    General Dynamics NASSCO

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

    S. Raj Chatterjee
    Morrison & Foerster LLP

    Julia De Beers
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

    Nancy L. Fineman
    Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

    Sandra S. Fujiyama
    Sidley Austin LLP

    Steven H. Goldberg
    Downey Brand

    Martha K. Gooding
    Jones Day

    Dean Hansell
    Hogan Lovells LLP

    Ray Hartman
    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    Geoffrey Holtz
    Bingham McCutchen LLP

    Robert D. Infelise
    Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

    Paul V. Konovalov
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Justin T. Miller
    BNY Mellon Wealth Management

    Amy M. Ross
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Thomas Silk
    SILK NONPROFIT LAW

    Dianne Baquet Smith
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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

    Christy Susman
    Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

    Julie Taylor
    Keesal, Young & Logan

    Paul Tepper
    Western Center on Law and Poverty

    Mary Ann Todd
    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

    Richard Tom
    Southern California Edison

    Karen E. Walter
    Rutan & Tucker, LLP

    Nancy Whang
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Shawn Williams
    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LL

    See @:

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

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

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

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

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

    Contents

    Early life and education

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

    Career

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

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

    Secretary of Commerce

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

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

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

    2012 traffic accidents

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

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

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

    TIMELINE: – January 12, 2010 San Francisco — The California Bar Foundation today announced the appointment of 14 to the Board of Directors: Holly J. Fujie ; John C. Fossum, partner emeritus in the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP

    TIMELINE: – January 12, 2010 San Francisco —  The California Bar Foundation today announced the appointment of 14 to the Board of Directors: Holly J. Fujie ; John C. Fossum, partner emeritus in the  Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP; Justin T. Miller, director of Union Bank ;  Thomas Silk ; Christy Susman of  Jack Daniels ; Richard Tom of Southern California Edison. Continuing Board members are Peter R. Boutin of Keesal, Young & Logan; Martha K. Gooding of the Irvine office of Howrey LLP; Bruce G. Iwasaki, a partner at Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP, and the former executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Mark Parnes, assistant general counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Paul Tepper, executive director of the Western Center on Law & Poverty; Theodore T. Ting, a San Francisco partner with Reed Smith LLP; and Douglas A. Winthrop, managing director and firm chair of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin. In addition, Lindsay L. Lee, managing member and general partner of Tidal Creek Capital Management, was reappointed to a one-year term commencing January.

     

     

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

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

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

    Please continue @:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please continue @:

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

     

    Complaint Against Edison International, Southern California Edison, Edison International Foundation Submitted to Internal Revenue Service

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

    August 31, 2012

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

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

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

    INTRODUCTION:

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

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

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Saturday Law Academy RFP

    PLEASE NOTE:

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

    RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

    **

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    AT & T

    Edison International

    PG & E Corporation Foundation

    Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please continue @:

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

    JusticeCalifornia avers:

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

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

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

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

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

    Handwringing does not cut it in this war.

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

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

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

    Robert Adler

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

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

    GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

    WAR STORY TIME

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

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

    Please continue @:

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Please continue @:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Source:

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

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

     

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

    Source:

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

    Southern California Edison plans to cut 730 employees at the ailing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

    Southern California Edison plans to cut 730 employees at the ailing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a decision that follows two years of analysis that included comparisons to similar nuclear plants, utility officials said Monday.

    The plant has been closed since January because of excessive wear to tubes that carry radioactive water, and the company said necessary repairs and strict California environmental and regulatory standards have increased the overall cost of delivering electricity to customers.

    “The steam generator issues at SONGS also require that SCE be prudent with its future spending while SCE and regulators review the long-term viability of the nuclear plant. The reality is that the Unit 3 reactor will not be operating for some time,” utility officials said in a statement.

     

    Please continue @:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018958861_apusnuclearplant…

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

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

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

    Geoffrey F. Brown 

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

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

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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