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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 @:

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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 State Bar argued material should remain confidential in the Sander matter; the State Bar took an opposite view in order to whitewash the “Oral Sex Scandal” involving Robert Hawley, Donald Steedman, Gayle Murphy, Maria Oropeza, Judy Johnson, CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown and others ]

SANDER v. STATE BAR
Case Number S194951

Date     Description     Notes
07/19/2011     Petition for review filed     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt
07/21/2011     Record requested
07/28/2011     Received Court of Appeal record         one file folder/briefs/one accordian folder/one full box
08/05/2011     Answer to petition for review filed     Plaintiff and Appellant: Sander, Richard
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: California First Amendment Coalition
Attorney: Evgenia Nicholau Fkiaras
08/05/2011     Request for judicial notice filed     Plaintiff and Appellant: Sander, Richard
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: California First Amendment Coalition
Attorney: Evgenia Nicholau Fkiaras
08/15/2011     Reply to answer to petition filed     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt
08/25/2011     Petition for review granted; issues limited         The petition for review is granted. The issues to be briefed and argued are limited to the following: (1) What ground, if any, exists for finding that the information sought by plaintiffs is information that is subject to public disclosure? (2) What is the effect, if any, of the representation of confidentiality made by the State Bar to the individuals from whom the information was collected? (3) Does the form in which the requested information is regularly maintained affect whether the State Bar must provide the requested information? Votes: Cantil-Sakauye, C.J., Kennard, Baxter, Werdegar, Chin and Corrigan, JJ.
08/25/2011     Letter sent to:         counsel regarding certificates of interested entities.
09/09/2011     Certification of interested entities or persons filed         James M. Chadwick, Esq. for Appellant California First Amendment Coalition Jean-Paul Jassy, Esq. for Appellants Richard Sander and Joe Hicks.
09/14/2011     Certification of interested entities or persons filed         for respondents, from Michael J. Von Loewenfeldt, counsel.
09/23/2011     Opening brief on the merits filed     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt
09/23/2011     Request for judicial notice filed     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt
10/03/2011     Received:         letter dated September 29, 2011, from appellants; by Jean-Paul Jassy and James Chadwick, counsel.
10/18/2011     Request for extension of time filed         for respondents, requesting a 40-day extension until November 30, 2011, to file the answer brief on the merits; by Jean-Paul Jassy and James M. Chadwick, counsel.
10/20/2011     Extension of time granted         On application of respondents and good cause appearing, it is ordered that the time to serve and file the answer brief on the merits is extended to and including November 30, 2011.
11/30/2011     Answer brief on the merits filed     Plaintiff and Appellant: Sander, Richard
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: Hicks, Joe
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: California First Amendment Coalition
Attorney: James Montgomery Chadwick

Answer brief on the merits filed. Due on 11/30/2011 By 37 Day(s)
11/30/2011     Request for judicial notice filed     Plaintiff and Appellant: Sander, Richard
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: Hicks, Joe
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: California First Amendment Coalition
Attorney: James Montgomery Chadwick
12/06/2011     Request for extension of time filed         for State Bar of California, et al., respondents, requesting a 30-day extension until January 19, 2012, to file the reply brief on the merits; by Michael Von Loewenfeldt, counsel.
12/09/2011     Extension of time granted         On application of respondents and good cause appearing, it is ordered that the time to serve and file the reply brief on the merits is extended to and including January 19, 2012.
01/19/2012     Reply brief filed (case fully briefed)     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt

Reply brief filed (case fully briefed). Due on 01/19/2012 By 30 Day(s)
02/17/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         Dwight Aarons, et al., in support of respondents; by Patrick Weston, counsel.
02/17/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         Equal Justice Society, et al., in support of respondents; by Fabian Renteria, counsel.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Todd Gaziano, et al., in support of plaintiff and appellants; by Anthony T. Caso, counsel.
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.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Multicultural Bar Alliance in support of respondents, by Mary-Christine Sungaila, counsel.
02/21/2012     Received:         Application for permission to file and brief amicus curiae of Jane Yakowitz and Mark Grady in support of respondents by Judy Alexander, counsel for amicus curiae.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Pacific Legal Foundation et al., in support of appellants; by Joshua P. Thompson, counsel.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Doug Williams, in support of appellants, by Joshua Koltun, counsel.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Brentwood Press and Publishing Co., et al., in support of appellants; by Duffy Carolan, counsel.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for Jane Yakowitz et al., in support of respodents; by Judy Alexander, counsel.
02/21/2012     Application to file amicus curiae brief filed         for the Bar Association of San Francisco, in support of respondents; by Dennis Peter Maio, counsel.
02/22/2012     Received:         amended proof of service on Shepperd and Mullin, from Joshua Koltun, counsel for Doug Williams.
02/22/2012     Received:         amended proof of service to include all plaintiff’s counsel, Judy Alexander, counsel for Jane Yakowitz et al.
02/23/2012     Received:         amended proof of service from Anthony Caso, counsel for Todd Gaziano et al.
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Equal Justice Society, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Asian Pacific Law Center for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Equal Justice Society
Attorney: Fabian Renteria

Amicus curiae: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Attorney: Fabian Renteria

Amicus curiae: Asian Pacific American Law Center
Attorney: Fabian Renteria
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of For People of Color, Inc. for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: For People of Color, Inc.
Attorney: Vilma R. Palma-Solana
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Pacific Legal Foundation, Center for Equal Opportunity, American Civil Rights Institute, and National Association of Scholars for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of appellants is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Pacific Legal Foundation
Attorney: Joshua Paul Thompson

Amicus curiae: Center for Equal Opportunity
Attorney: Joshua Paul Thompson

Amicus curiae: American Civil Rights Institute
Attorney: Joshua Paul Thompson

Amicus curiae: National Association of Scholars
Attorney: Joshua Paul Thompson
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Dwight Aarons, George Acero, Daniel James Alexander II, Charlene Bellinger Honig, Nikki Brown, Peter L. Carr IV, Claudia J. Castillo, Eugene Clark-Herrera, Francisco Cortes, Kendra Fox Davis, Lisa Gilford, Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, Rebecca Hall, Sara Jackson, Rasheda Kilpatrick, Parissh A. Knox, Andrea Luquetta, Xochitl Marquez, Letitia D. Moore, Shirin Soleman, Angela Crystelle Thomas-Taylor, Anthony J. Tolbert, Erika K. Woods, and Doe 1 for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Aarons, Dwight
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Acero, George
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Alexander, Daniel James, III
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Honig, Charlene Bellinger
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Brown, Nikki
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Carr, Peter L., IV
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Castillo, Claudia J.
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Davis, Kendra Fox
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Gilford, Lisa
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Gonzalez, Marc-Tizoc
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Hall, Rebecca
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Jackson, Sara
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Kilpatrick, Rasheda
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Knox, Parissh A.
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Luquetta, Andrea
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Marquez, Xochitl
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Moore, Letitia D.
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Soleman, Shirin
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Thomas-Taylor, Angela Crystelle
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Tolbert, Anthony J.
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Woods, Erika K.
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston

Amicus curiae: Doe 1
Attorney: Patrick Taylor Weston
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of the Bar Association of San Francisco for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Bar Association of San Francisco
Attorney: Dennis Peter Maio
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Brentwood Press and Publishing Co., California Newspapers Partnership, Calistoga Tribune, Calaveras Enterprise, Champion Newspapers, Dailey Republic, Embarcadero Media Inc., Feather Publishing Co., Inc., Freedom Communications, Inc., Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, Malibu Times Inc., Marinscope Community Newspapers, Mission Viejo News, Inc., Random Lengths News, Sacramento Valley Mirror, Santa Maria Times, The Ark Newspaper, The Bakersfield Californian, The McClatchy Company, The Mountain Enterprise, The North County Times, The Press-Enterprise, The Viking, Valleywide Newspapers, Ventura County Reporter, ALM Media, LLC, The Associated Press, Atlantic Media, Inc., Bloomberg News, Cox Media Group, Inc., Dailey News, L.P., E.W. Scripps Company, Forbes, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., Hearst Corporation, NBC Universal Media, LLC, Reuters America LLC, Stephens Media LLC, The Newsweek/Dailey Beast Company LLC, The New York Times Company, The Washington Post, American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Californians Aware, The California Newspaper Publishers Association, National Freedom of Information Coalition, The National Press Photographers Association, The Radio Television Digital New Association, The Reporters Committee for Freedon of the Press for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of appellants is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Brentwood Press and Publishing Co.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: California Newspapers Partnership
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Calistroga Tribune
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Calaveras Tribune
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Champion Newspapers
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Dailey Republic
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Embarcadero Media, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Feather Publishing Co., Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Freedom Communications, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Los Angeles Times Communications LLC dba Los Angeles Times
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Malibu Times Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Marinscope Community Newspapers
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Mission Viejo News, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Random Lengths News
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Sacramento Valley Mirror
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Santa Maria Times
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: The Ark Newspaper
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Bakersfield Califorian
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: McClatchy Company
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Mountain Enterprise
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: North County Times
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Press-Enterprise
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Viking
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Valleywide Newspapers
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Ventura County Reporter
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: ALM Media, LLC
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Associated Press
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Atlantic Media, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Bloomberg News
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Cox Media Group, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Dailey News, L.P.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: E.W.Scripps Company
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Forbes, Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Gannett Co., Inc.
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Heart Corporation
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Reuters America LLC
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Stephens Media LLC
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Newsweek/Dailey Beast Company LLC
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: New York Times Company
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Washington Post
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: American Society of News Editors (ASNE)
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Californians Aware
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: California Newspaper Publishers Association
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: National Freedom of Information Coalition
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: National Press Photographers Association
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Radio Television Digital News Association
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan

Amicus curiae: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Attorney: Mary Duffy Carolan
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Doug Williams for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of appellants is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Williams, Doug
Attorney: Joshua Koltun
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Jane Yakowitz and Mark Grady for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Yakowitz, Jane
Attorney: Judy Alexander

Amicus curiae: Grady, Mark
Attorney: Judy Alexander
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, and Peter Kirsanow for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of appellants is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Gaziano, Todd
Attorney: Anthony T. Caso

Amicus curiae: Heriot, Gail
Attorney: Anthony T. Caso

Amicus curiae: Kirsanow, Peter
Attorney: Anthony T. Caso
02/29/2012     Permission to file amicus curiae brief granted         The application of Multicultural Bar Alliance for permission to file an amicus curiae brief in support of respondents is hereby granted. An answer thereto may be served and filed by any party within 30 days of the filing of the brief.
02/29/2012     Amicus curiae brief filed     Amicus curiae: Multicultural Bar Alliance
Attorney: Mary-Christine Sungaila
04/02/2012     Response to amicus curiae brief filed     Plaintiff and Appellant: Sander, Richard
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: Hicks, Joe
Attorney: Gary L. Bostwick

Plaintiff and Appellant: California First Amendment Coalition
Attorney: James Montgomery Chadwick
04/02/2012     Response to amicus curiae brief filed     Defendant and Respondent: State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Von Loewenfeldt

Defendant and Respondent: Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
Attorney: Michael John Vonloewenfeldt

Obama Gets Economic Advice from Al Sharpton, Other ‘African American Leaders’

Barack Obama met with Al Sharpton and other “African American leaders” to discuss the president’s “plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there,” according to the White House.

Participants in the meeting included:

• Melanie Campbell, President, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation
• Ralph Everett, President, Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies
• Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
• Ben Jealous, President, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People
• Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
• Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
• Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network
• Rev Derrick Harkins, 19th Street Baptist Church
• Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

And here’s the rest of the readout, via Politico

More on Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation Involving Walter Lack / Brian Depew of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack ; Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and ….. Executive Director of State Bar of California Joseph L. Dunn [ TLR Note: case was initiated during time Dunn was associated with Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson’s Mark Robinson of Cal Judicial Council / UC Irvine Foundation ]

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February 2012 Update

The mediation tracks established by the Court have ended. Within our client group, some settlements have occurred, but most claims have not been resolved. In recent months, there has been settlement activity in some of the other plaintiff groups. Most of the hypothyroidism cases in those groups have been settled and the trial of hypothyroidism cases previously set in 2012 (Track 1) has been stricken. Like our group, some of the thyroid cancer claims in the other groups have settled, but most remain in the case.

The Court has now established two new trial tracks, one for a group of thyroid cancer claims and another for a group of thyroid nodules claims. The Court has randomly selected 23 plaintiffs from the Everson group and 14 from our Berg/Lumpkin group to participate in the thyroid cancer trial (Track 2). The Court has modified the thyroid nodule trial track (Trial Track 3) to delete plaintiffs from our Berg/Lumpkin and the Jaros groups and substitute 28 clients from the Evenson (25) and Berg (3) groups. In addition, the Court is in the process of setting a fourth trial track that will consist of 50 randomly selected plaintiffs from all non-thyroid categories. Trial Track 2 (thyroid cancer) and Trial Track 3 (thyroid nodule) will reach trial in early 2013. The Trial Track 4 (non-thyroid cancer) will lag those by two months.

The attorneys from the Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack law firm have contacted all Berg/Lumpkin clients selected by the judge to participate in the thyroid cancer trials, and are working with them to collect updated medical records and to update each plaintiff’s discovery responses. Depositions of the Berg/Lumpkin plaintiffs are now being set in January and February. Expert reports for these clients will be due on July 1, 2012. Pre-trial discovery will be complete on November 1, 2012 and any motions to dismiss these claims must be filed by December 15, 2012. The trial date for these cases has not been set, but a date in mid-2013 is expected.

The next Status Conference will be held on April 18, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. PDT, at the U.S. District Court in Spokane.

General Information

The Hanford Downwinders Litigation website is a general information resource for our clients in the In re Berg (CY-96-3151-WFN) and Lumpkin, et al. v. DuPont, et al. (CT-00-5052-WFN) cases. The lawsuits arise from the environmental radiation releases caused by operation of the Hanford Nuclear Facility. Located in south central Washington State, Hanford produced plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons from 1944 until 1990. All of the Hanford downwinder cases have been consolidated. The consolidated case is known as In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation (CV-91-3015-WFN).

Thousands of people who were exposed to Hanford’s radiation filed suit in 1990 against former contractors, such as DuPont and GE, which operated Hanford for the U.S. government. DuPont operated Hanford from 1943 to 1946. General Electric ran Hanford from 1946 to 1965.

Summary of Hanford Downwinder Trials During 2005

Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen presided over the trial that began on April 25, 2005, and went to the jury on May 13. It was a bellwether trial, comprised of 6 plaintiffs with thyroid disease and lasted 3 weeks.

After deliberating more than three days, a 12-member jury returned verdicts for two of the six bellwether plaintiffs in the first Hanford downwinder trial. Gloria Wise was awarded $317,251 and Steve Stanton $227,508 for their thyroid cancers. The jury failed to reach a verdict for the third thyroid cancer plaintiff, Shannon Rhodes. Judge Nielsen declared a mistrial in her case and a retrial was held during November 2005.

The first jury also returned defense verdicts for the three plaintiffs with hypothyroidism. In June 2005, the plaintiffs appealed these three verdicts to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In August 2005, the defendants appealed the verdict for Mr. Stanton and Ms.Wise.

A different jury sat through a two-week retrial for Ms. Rhodes in November 2005. The 12-member jury deliberated a little more than a day before deciding 11-1 in favor of DuPont and General Electric. In early 2006, Ms. Rhodes’ case joined the others on appeal.

Court of Appeals Issues Important Rulings

On August 14, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on the appeals of the bellwether decisions in 2005. Generally, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial judge’s instructions to the jury regarding the law of the case. This means that the court made important decisions agreeing with the Downwinder Plaintiffs that the government contractor defense did not apply and that principles of strict liability did apply.

The Court of Appeals also agreed with the trial court that the “but for” standard of causation would be applied. This sets a higher standard than the “substantial factor” test that the Downwinder Plaintiffs had proposed.

The court considered questions specific to the individual cases that were on appeal. The Court of Appeals reversed the decisions in three cases that were decided against Downwinder Plaintiffs on the grounds that the jury was improperly instructed about specific issues raised in those cases. These cases have since been settled and will not be retried.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision against Shannon Rhodes, rejecting her challenges to certain evidentiary rulings and claims of juror misconduct.

In its amended opinion, the Ninth Circuit panel reconsidered its decision that plaintiffs who had filed individual suits while the class action suit was pending did not have the benefit of the tolling of the statute of limitations while the class action claim was pending. The court elected to follow a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and concluded that tolling principles did apply to individuals who filed individual suits while the class action suit was pending. Thus, the court’s earlier comments on this question no longer apply and tolling principles will be available. In its amended opinion, the court denied all the parties’ motions for rehearing and advised that the Ninth Circuit had denied the request for en banc review by a larger panel of judges.

Source @: http://www.downwinders.com/

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How to Contact Us

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        This website is designed to serve as a general information source for our clients in the Hanford Downwinders litigation, In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation (CY-91-3015-WFN).

     The law firms of Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC, Engstrom Lipscom & Lack, Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, and Girardi & Keese, (“The Berg/Lumpkin Plaintiffs Law Firms”), are associated in representing hundreds of plaintiffs for claims arising from exposure to radiation and other hazardous materials released during operation of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in south central Washington State. Our clients are asserting claims against the operators of the Hanford Nuclear Facility, including General Electric Company and E.I. DuPont de Numours Company.

     The lawyers and staff involved in representing our Berg & Lumpkin clients are identified below:


Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC
999 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 682-3333
Fax: (206) 340-8856
Toll Free (888) 333-2374
Lead Counsel:
James A. Oliver
Paul J. Dayton 
Paralegal:
Margaret M. Moynan
E-Mail: Margaret M. Moynan

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack
16th Floor, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Telephone: (310) 552-3800
Fax: (310) 552-9434
Lead Counsel:
Walter J. Lack
Brian D. Depew
Elizabeth Crooke
Paralegal:
William Mitchell
E-Mail: Brian D. Depew

Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson
620 Newport Center, 7th Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Telephone: (949) 720-1288
Fax: (949) 720-1292
Lead Counsel:
Joseph Dunn
Legal Assistant:
Suzanne St. Clair

Girardi & Keese
1126 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 977-0211
Fax: (213) 481-1554
Lead Counsel:
Thomas V. Girardi
Source @: http://www.downwinders.com/contact.php

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not a bad gig if you can get it.

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

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

An Evening with Justice Cruz Reynoso – Allen Matkins and CMCP

In November CMCP and Allen Matkins hosted a special screening of the documentary film Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice at the L.A. Live Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. Justice Reynoso and film maker Abby Ginzberg joined members of the legal and business communities, law students from For People of Color’s Pipeline Program, and high school students from Roosevelt High School and the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA to view this film documenting the life and achievements of Cruz Reynoso: the child, the lawyer, the judge and the teacher who fought for over five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality.

The screening was preceded by a reception for the lawyers and law students at which Justice Reynoso graciously met and spent time with every attendee. After the screening, Justice Reynoso and Abby Ginzberg held a Q&A session at which the high school students asked a wide range of questions about Justice Reynoso’s life, his views on current issues and the making of the film. Justice Reynoso’s stories and reflections, and his unwavering commitment to equality, left a lasting impression on everyone who attended — from high school student to seasoned attorney.

Cruz Reynoso Profile from Wikipedia / California Forward

Cruz Reynoso

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Cruz Reynoso
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
In office
1981–1986
Appointed by Jerry Brown
Preceded by Mathew O. Tobriner
Succeeded by Marcus Kaufman
Associate Justice of the California Courts of Appeal
In office
1976–1981
Vice-Chairman, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
In office
19 November 1993 – 7 December 2004
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Personal details
Born 2 May 1931 (age 81)
Brea, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jeannene H. Reynoso (passed away in 2007 after 50 years of marriage), Elaine Rowen Reynoso
Children Trina Teresa Reynoso Heter, Ranene Reynoso Royer, Len ReidReynoso, Rondall Reynoso
Alma mater Fullerton College
Pomona College
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
National University of Mexico
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Civil rights activist
Committees California Fair Political Practices Commission
California Post Secondary Education Commission
Presidential transition of Barack Obama
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1953–1955
Unit Counterintelligence Corps

Cruz Reynoso (born 2 May 1931) is a civil rights lawyer, professor emeritus of law, and the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (1982–87). He also served on the California Third District Court of Appeal.[1] In 1986, along with two other members of the California Supreme Court—Chief Justice Rose Bird and Associate Justice Joseph Grodin—Reynoso became one of only three State Supreme Court justices ever recalled and ousted by voters under California’s judicial-retention election system. He served as vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004.

In 2000, Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, for his efforts to address social inequities and his public service.

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Early life and education

Reynoso was born in Brea, California.[2] He grew up as one of 11 children, and from age eight worked as an agricultural worker in orange groves.[3] His father was a farmworker.[2]

When Reynoso was seven, the family moved to a barrio outside of La Habra, California.[3] While there, he attended the Wilson Grammar School, a racially-segregated grade school for children of Mexican descent.[3][4] His junior high school was integrated, as was Fullerton Union High School, from which he graduated.[3]

The United States Postal Service refused to provide Rural Free Delivery service within the barrio, even though non-minority families living nearby received the service. Reynoso circulated a petition demanding service; the Postal Service responded to his petition and began providing mail delivery to the barrio.[5] He also challenged the local school board about the Wilson School, after which the school was desegregated.[5]

After high school, Reynoso attended Fullerton College, a community college, receiving an associate of arts degree in 1951.[6] A dean from Pomona College offered him a scholarship if he applied and was admitted to that school.[3] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in 1953, after which he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Counterintelligence Corps for two years.[7] He was stationed in Washington, D.C., where his assignments included reviewing the House Un-American Activities Committee files on potential applicants for Federal jobs, a task he found distasteful.[3] He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 1958.[1][7] Under a Ford Foundation fellowship, he studied constitutional law at the National University of Mexico in 1958–59.[6]

Legal career

Reynoso began his career in private law practice in El Centro, California.[7] He served as a legislative assistant in the California State Senate (1959–60. He was an Associate General Counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1967 and 1968.[8]

He then served as deputy director of California Rural Legal Assistance in 1968.[3][9] Shortly thereafter, internal problems at CRLA lead to his assuming the directorship; he was the first Latino to hold the position.[3][9] His work with CRLA gained him national recognition.[6] Reynoso recalls that, during his tenure, CRLA was “mentioned not infrequently as being the leading legal services program in the country.”[3] Then-Governor Ronald Reagan attempted to cut state funding for the CRLA during Reynoso’s tenure, but the agency successfully resisted the challenge.[10]

He was a professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law from 1972 to 1976.[1]

Judiciary career

In 1976, Reynoso was appointed to the California Court of Appeal as an associate justice.[1] He was the first Latino appointed to the Court.[3] In 1981, he was appointed to the California Supreme Court by outgoing Governor Jerry Brown, succeeding the retiring Mathew O. Tobriner.[10][11] George Deukmejian, then the attorney general and on the commission on judicial appointments, voted against Reynoso’s confirmation.[12]

In 1982, Reynoso was up for reconfirmation: under a measure adopted in 1934, California voters confirm a governor’s appointments, and periodic unopposed elections are held for each justice during general elections, giving voters the opportunity to vote a justice out of office.[13] Deukmejian, running as a Republican candidate for governor, urged voters to vote against justices Otto Kaus, Allen Broussard, and Reynoso; he hoped to replace them with conservative appointees, creating a new majority on the Court.[14] The Californians for Judicial Reform campaign to unseat the justices cited Reynoso’s stance joining Richardson’s majority opinion upholding the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the “Victim’s Bill of Rights”, as among the reasons the justices were “soft on crime”.[15] The campaign labelled Kaus, Broussard, and Reynoso “Jerry’s Judges”.[13] All three justices were retained; Reynoso received the lowest margin of victory, receiving the vote of only 52 percent of voters.[16] A 1988 academic study of this election suggested that, although the retention election was theoretically nonpartisan and intended to retain justices based on their merit, partisan information (such as the affiliation of the governor who appointed the justice) is used by voters to structure their decisions in such elections.[16]

Also during the 1980s, Reynoso was a member of the Congressional Select Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Policy.[17] He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter.[7]

As part of the court led by Chief Justice Rose Bird, Reynoso was part of the liberal majority.[18] With that majority, he extended environmental protections, individual liberties, and civil rights.[18]

When a case came before the Supreme Court regarding whether or not due process required that a non-English-speaking person charged with a crime be provided with an interpreter, Reynoso drew upon his experiences representing such clients to persuade a majority of his fellow justices that “basic fairness on the constitutional sense require that there be an interpreter for that individual”.[19]

Ouster from the Supreme Court

During the next retention vote in 1986, Bird, Joseph Grodin, and Reynoso were targeted by conservative and victims-rights groups.[20][21][22] The 1986 campaign again portrayed the targeted justices as “soft on crime”,[22] but this time focused on the court’s handling of the state’s death penalty law.[23] Reynoso believes Governor Deukmejian’s decision to oppose him, Bird, and Grodin was the most important factor in that election.[24] Deukmejian said that the justices’ decisions on death-penalty cases demonstrated a “lack of impartiality and objectivity”.[21] Reynoso’s advisors told him that it would take three campaign ads to counteract one ad by his opponents;[25] he and the other justices lacked the funds to compete with the campaign, raising a collective $3 million to the opposition’s $7 million.[25] Deukmejian told Grodin and Reynoso that he would oppose their retention unless they voted to uphold more death sentences.[26]

The campaign highlighted that the Bird court had overturned 59 consecutive death-penalty cases during Bird’s nine-year tenure.[27] Reynoso, who had voted to uphold the state’s death-penalty law, voted only once for a death sentence during his seven years on the court.[28] The Oxnard Press-Courier said in an editorial that Reynoso was Bird’s “most consistent ally” and that “he has been second only to the chief justice in supporting decisions that favor criminal defendants over prosecutors”.[29] The California District Attorneys Association issued a 78-page report attacking the three justices, mainly over their death-penalty rulings, but dropped their campaign later because of fears a political campaign could affect the group’s tax-exempt status.[30]

“There’s clearly an effort to politicize the court”, Reynoso told United Press International during the campaign.[31] He was endorsed by the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs.[31] According to California attorney general John Van de Kamp, the court refused to hear appeals of, or affirmed, 97 percent of convictions in the 1984/85 fiscal year; Reynoso remarked, “That doesn’t sound at all like a ‘soft on crime’ record”.[31] Defending his death-penalty votes, he said that “most, but not all” of the reversals stemmed from the 1978 Briggs Amendment, which “does not comport with US Supreme Court law”.[22]

The campaign to remove the justices succeeded; voters rejected new terms for Bird, Grodin, and Reynoso.[32] Reynoso was rejected by 60 percent of voters.[33] This made Deukmejian the first governor in California history to have the opportunity to appoint three justices to the court at once.[32] The justices left the bench when the court’s term ended on 5 January 1986.[34]

Afterward, Donald Heller, a former Federal prosecutor who drafted the 1978 death-penalty initiative approved by California voters, disagreed with the campaign to unseat the justices, calling Reynoso “a thoughtful, decent man who got thrown out” and “a very capable judge who tried to do the right thing in cases.”[35] Reynoso said of the result, “you can’t blame [the voters] when the governor of the state, who is a lawyer, says the justices aren’t following the law. If I didn’t know better, I would have voted against me, too.”[25]

Impact of the ouster campaign

The 1986 California Supreme Court retention election started a major trend turning such elections into “an ideological battleground over judicial philosophies and specific decisions”, making them “as highly salient as races for overtly political offices”, wrote one academic paper.[33] Even before the election, California Supreme Court Justice Otto Kaus remarked “You cannot forget the fact that you have a crocodile in your bathtub”,[36] referring to the act of making a judicial decision without regard to the potential political consequences.[37] “You know it’s there, and you try not to think about it, but it’s hard to think about much else while you’re shaving.”[38] “You keep wondering whether you’re letting yourself be influenced, and you do not know. You do not know yourself that well,” he wrote.[36] “You worry about it in two different ways,” wrote Reynoso; “First you worry it might influence you improperly. Then you worry because you’re concerned you might overcompensate, and not pay enough attention to arguments that are perfectly legitimate.”[39]

Erwin Chemerinsky, a law professor from the University of Southern California, agreed with the ousted Justice Grodin, saying “the legacy of 1986 could be that justices facing retention elections will decide cases with an eye, perhaps subconsciously, on how their rulings will affect their chances at the polls.”[40] Chemerinsky called for abolishing judicial-review elections.[40] He wrote, “Largely due to defects in a poorly worded death penalty law, the court had a strikingly one-sided pattern of decisions on the issue”, noting that this, Bird’s controversial history, the trio’s appointments by an unpopular governor, and the realization by their opponents that the court’s ideology could be completely changed if the campaign succeeded lead to the opposition campaign.[40] Jazon Czarnezki, assistant professor of law at Marquette University, attributed Bird’s defeat to “her resolute opposition to the death penalty and overturning a series of death sentences”.[41] Exit polls indicated that the death-penalty issue was the major reason why voters refused to retain the justices.[42]

The justices were also impacted by a lack of support from Democratic legislative incumbents in safe districts.[26]

Despite the fact that California Supreme Court justices undergoing a retention election are running uncontested, the median spending for justices’ campaigns rose from $3,177 in 1976 to $70,000 in 1994.[43]

Campaigns similar to the one expelling Bird, Grodin, and Reynoso have since been mounted against judges in other states, such as Justice Penny J. White of Tennessee, who also lost a retention election due to a death-penalty issue.[44] Retired California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George advocated eliminating retention elections and appointing justices to single 15-year terms, following an election in Iowa where three justices were removed from office after that state’s high court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage.[45] The campaign was largely funded by out-of-state organizations; George said that the January 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations and unions to contribute unlimited sums to independent political committees was likely to increase the influence of well-funded groups in nonpartisan judicial retention elections like those in Iowa and California.[45]

Post-judiciary

After leaving the Court, Reynoso returned to private law practice and academia. Shortly after his ouster, he was appointed to the California Post Secondary Education Commission.[3]

He has worked for the New York–based firm of Kay, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, out of their Sacramento office,[46] where he was a special counsel.[3] He worked on complex civil litigation, as an expert witness on legal ethics, and as a mediator.[46] His agreement with the firm allowed him to spend up to 40 percent of his time on pro bono work.[47]

In 1991, he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law, where he taught until 2001.[1] He was a faculty adviser for the Chicano-Latino Law Review.[48] In 1995, UCLA law students selected him as Professor of the Year.[49]

The United States Senate appointed Reynoso to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in April 1993.[50][51] He was appointed the vice-chairman of the Commission by President Bill Clinton on 19 November 1993.[17][51] During his tenure, he accused California Governor Pete Wilson of generating anti-immigrant sentiments to gain popularity.[17] When the Commission harshly criticized Florida’s handling of the presidential election of 2000, Reynoso said “the greatest sin” was the number of people who weren’t allowed to vote.[52] He was among the commissioners that looked into complaints that some eligible voters were denied the right to vote, or that votes were improperly counted, in Florida.[53] Reynoso, along with Commission chairwoman Mary Frances Berry, resigned his commission on 7 December 2004, after President George W. Bush‘s White House staff announced that their six-year terms had expired on 5 December and announced replacements for them.[54][55] Berry and Renoso maintained that their commissions were not due to expire until midnight on 21 January 2005, but said in their resignation letters that it wasn’t worth the fight.[54] The move to replace them occurred after the Commission released a draft of a report criticizing Bush’s civil rights record.[56]

On 1 July 2001, Reynoso joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, School of Law as the first Boochever & Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality.[6][18] The chair, established with a gift from UC Davis alumni Charles Bird, is named in honor of Judge Robert Boochever and Bird’s parents, and is awarded in recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching, and commitment to preserving and expanding the understanding of “the virtues necessary of a great republic.”[6] He retired in December 2006, becoming a professor emeritus.[57]

In 2009, Reynoso spoke with UC Davis law students, noting that he has retired a few times, but was then chairing a citizens’ commission investigating the death of Luis Gutierrez, a farm worker shot by police in Yolo County.[58]

President-elect Barack Obama appointed Reynoso to his White House transition team in early 2009, as part of a justice and civil rights sub-team.[59]

Following a 10 June 2010 Washington, DC screening of Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice, the Abby Ginzberg documentary film, he was injured in a car accident in Virginia, along with his wife Elaine and grandson.[60] Reynoso suffered a broken collarbone, a punctured lung, and other injuries when a Hummer struck their rental car at an intersection, hospitalizing him for nine days.[61][62] His wife suffered “grave injuries” to her brain and internal organs, requiring multiple surgeries.[61] Both were placed into medically-induced comas; Elaine remained in a coma after the inducement was stopped.[62] Reynoso was initially cited for pulling out into the path of the Hummer, which had the right of way, but a judge dismissed the case.[61] Elaine Reynoso resigned from her position as a trustee of Sierra College in June 2011 to focus on recovering from her injuries;[63] she has required extensive physical rehabilitation.[61]

After the accident, Reynoso said he has re-evaluated his priorities, and will focus on completing his memoirs and legal articles, as well as resuming work on the Yolo citizens’ commission probe.[61] The commission’s work was put on hold while the Reynosos recuperated.[61]

Reynoso has served on the boards of directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund,[47] the Natural Resources Defense Council,[47] and Children Now.[51] He co-founded the Latino Issues Forum with Bob Genasda,[3] and was Chairman of its board of directors.[47] He is a trustee of the Garment Workers Trust Fund.[64]

Awards and honors

On 9 August 2000, President Clinton awarded Reynoso the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’s highest civilian honor.[49] The medal’s citation said “Through his efforts to address social inequity in his rural community, his leadership of the pioneering California Rural Legal Assistance program, his tenure as the first Latino on the California Supreme Court and his service on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he has been a strong force for change and a passionate voice for our nation’s disadvantaged”.[48]

Reynoso received the Hispanic Heritage Award in Education on 7 September 2000, during a nationally-televised presentation at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[49]

In 2003, UC Davis law students organized the La Raza Law Students Association; donors established the Cruz Reynoso Social Justice Fellowship.[18] The fellowship helps Latino law students attending Berkeley Law afford the opportunity to work as judicial externs or in social justice during the summer break.[65]

He was honored with the University of California Davis Medal of Honor at a lifetime achievement event on 15 September 2007, at the Mondavi Center.[57] The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the university.[66] At the event, UC Davis announced the Cruz and Jeannene Reynoso Scholarship for Legal Access, which helps first-year students with financial needs.[57]

Documentary filmmaker Abby Ginzberg produced the film Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice.[9] It was funded in 2009 in part by the California Documentary Project of the California Council for the Humanities.[67] The film was screened at film festivals and other institutions in the United States, Cuba, and Uruguay.[9] Ginzberg says she chose to make the film because “I was involved in the effort to save the justices in 1986, and I have always wanted to take a second look at why the campaign to recall them was so successful.”[68] It was first screened on 16 March 2010 at the Chicano Resource Center of the East Los Angeles Library.[67] The film was a Gold Winner of the 2010 Davey Awards in the Film/Video/TV category.[69] It also received the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival.[70]

The City of Chicago passed a resolution honoring Reynoso that was presented to him while he was a visiting distinguished scholar at the John Marshall Law School in 2009.[71]

The State Bar of California gave Reynoso its Bernard E. Witkin Medal in September 2009 for his “significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship” in California, recognizing him as a “legal giant”.[72][73]

In April 2011, the University of California, Merced awarded Reynoso the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.[74] The prize honors people who exemplify the delivery of social justice, diplomacy, and tolerance in their work.[75] The prize included a $10,000 award.[76]

Chapman University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon him in May 2011.[77]

Source@: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruz_Reynoso

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

From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Reynoso served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He also was a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and at the University of New Mexico. Earlier in his career, he was director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and deputy director of the California Fair Employment Practices Commission. Mr. Reynoso also served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He is the son of Mexican immigrants and was an agricultural worker in California fruit orchards.

He has served on numerous other federal, state and professional boards and commissions concerned with civil rights, immigration and refugee policy, government reform, the administration of justice, legal services for the indigent, and education. In 2000, Mr. Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, for his lifelong devotion to public service. He also is a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award in Education. Mr. Reynoso’s publications include articles on cultural diversity, educational equity and affirmative action.

Mr. Reynoso holds a bachelor’s degree from Ponoma College in Claremont and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Source: http://www.cafwd.org/pages/cruz-reynoso

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

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

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

 

Vivia 

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

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

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

Misty M. Sanford

Community Service

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

George Lucas

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George Lucas

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

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

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Early life and education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philanthropy

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Dydzak and Nancy McFadden Hereby Asked to Comment on Money from California Bar to “California Supreme Court Historical Society”(TLR Note: PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL – shockingly – “treasurer” of CSCHS – Ties to Barbara Babcock, Werdegar)

Voluntary Contributions

Attorneys are encouraged to support and contribute to bar-related entities that are not funded by State Bar annual fees. The list below summarizes the goals of those entities and provides a link for additional information. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

    Justice Gap Fund
    Bar Relations & Elimination of Bias Fund
    Legislative Activities Fund
    California Bar Foundation
    California Supreme Court Historical Society
    Conference of California Bar Associations

Donate

Justice Gap Fund

The Justice Gap Fund implements AB 2301 (2006), which authorizes the State Bar to solicit contributions from its members to support legal services for low-income Californians.

Legal services for the indigent are a critical component of the justice system, helping to improve trust and confidence in the court system and working to ensure justice for vulnerable individuals who cannot represent themselves.

The Justice Gap Fund is one of three sources of funding for the State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund Program, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians.

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Bar Relations & Elimination of Bias Fund

The Elimination of Bias Fund maintains programs that address concerns of bias in the legal profession. In addition to funding various outreach and education activities, the Elimination of Bias Fund supports the work of the Council on Access & Fairness, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees to enhance diversity opportunities and advancement in the legal profession. Initiatives to educate students about the law and legal career opportunities are also a focus of the council.

The Office of Bar Relations Outreach provides program development and support services to more than 235 voluntary bar associations throughout the state).

Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Legislative Activities Fund
LAF

The State Bar’s Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA) spearheads the Bar’s legislative efforts to ensure the protection of the public in matters relating to the practice of law, increase access to and improve the delivery of legal services to the people of California and improve the administration of justice in the state.

The OGA engages in many projects and activities designed to help achieve these objectives. These include:

    Tracking bills and advocating legislation sponsored or supported by the Board of Trustees and against legislation that is contrary to the goals and mission of the State Bar
    Producing publications on legislative matters (including Sacramento Scene newsletter)
    Providing members of the legislature with consumer education and protection materials developed by the State Bar
    Coordinating efforts to offer the legal expertise of the Sections and Standing Committees as a resource to the legislature

Donations to the Legislative Activities Fund ensure that the interests of State Bar members are protected in Sacramento and are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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California Bar Foundation
www.calbarfoundation.org

The California Bar Foundation assists young people in developing an interest in the law and in going to law school on scholarships. A donation will:

    Provide scholarships for worthy law students committed to public interest careers
    Print and distribute the popular consumer guides Kids & the Law, When You Become 18 and Seniors & the Law
    Ensure that grants will continue to fund similar services in the future, especially for young citizens who take an interest in the law
    Continue the expansion of many law-related programs that benefit a broad cross-section of children, students, adults and seniors throughout California

Donations of $250 or more receive special recognition in the Leadership Circle. In addition, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit the Foundation’s Web site.

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California Supreme Court Historical Society
www.cschs.org

The mission of the California Supreme Court Historical Society is twofold: preserving the rich legal history of our state and broadening public understanding of, and appreciation for, the contributions of courts and attorneys to California’s history.

The Society works to carry out its mission in several different ways. For example, during the past two years the Society:

    Commissioned a University of California historian to prepare an oral history of recently-retired Chief Justice Ronald M. George
    Partnered with the Northern District of California Historical Society to present “Chief Justice David Terry and Federalism,” a program featuring seven judges from both state and federal courts in dramatic readings from the life of David Terry, a colorful and controversial man who served as Chief Justice of California in the turbulent 1850s
    Co-sponsored a program on the history and future of the citizen initiative in California
    Co-sponsored a program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Law celebrating the contributions of African American appellate court justices in California
    Conducted two writing competitions, open to students in law schools and graduate schools, and published the winning essays in California Legal History, the Society’s highly regarded annual journal

The Society receives no financial support from the State Bar or government at any level. It relies for nearly all of its revenue on donations from individual lawyers and judges. These donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Conference of California Bar Associations
www.calconference.org

The independent Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) provides California attorneys with an effective way to make positive changes to California public policy and statutory law through the development, debate, sponsorship and lobbying of legislation.

Each year delegates from local and specialty bars throughout the state develop resolutions proposing changes in state statutes and the rules of court and debate those resolutions (often more than 100) at the CCBA’s annual conference. Many of those resolutions are then introduced in legislation in the California Legislature and lobbied towards enactment with the help and guidance of the CCBA’s legislative representative. In 2010, 13 CCBA-sponsored resolutions were signed into law.

The independent CCBA is not part of The State Bar of California and receives no bar funding. Contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions, but the portion not allocated for legislative lobbying expenses may be deducted as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

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Source:https://secure.calbar.ca.gov/contribute/precont.aspx

 

For more about, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/california-supreme-court-historica…

AARP and AARP Foundation Fraudulent Profile of Director Barbara O’Connor of California Emerging Technology Fund (TLR Note:AARP, CETF, McPeak, English, O’Connor, Lucas and others mislead by intentionally withholding O’Connor part of Lucas Public Affairs)

Barbara O’Connor

AARP Affiliated Foundation board member

Barbara O’Connor, Ph.D., of Sacramento, Calif., was elected to the AARP Board in 2010. She serves on the Audit and Finance Committee and is on the Insurance Trust.

She is a former professor of communication studies and director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento. Previously, she was assistant director of debate, University of Southern California, a summer debate instructor, Georgetown University, and a design consultant, Cablevision Systems, New Jersey. She has been chairperson and founding board member of the Alliance for Public Technology; a board member and officer, California Emerging Technology Fund; a member of the Bellcore Advisory Board; and a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Network Reliability Council. She chaired the California Educational Technology Commission, the California Public Broadcasting Commission, the CEO Task Force on Digital Literacy and the International Council on Information Communication Technology.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/about-us/info-06-2012/barbara-oconnor-boa…

 

AARP Leadership Profile:

Life Perspectives

“I grew up in West Texas, raised by a single mother. I was a first-generation college graduate. So I’ve lived through lots of what our members are living through.

“Communications and politics have really been my longstanding interests, including technology access and equity, disabled rights, communication strategies and social movement building. I have a political background, and I started a public radio station in Sacramento and ran it for a while. We now have six radio stations there, the Capital Public Radio Network.

“I have taught mostly technology policy and technology evolution — the hardware stuff. I also teach political communications and the impact of messaging on social movement formation.

“I was fortunate enough to go to the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, which is very geeky, so I was able to keep up with technology as it evolved. I chaired the California Public Broadcasting Commission, and I’m now an officer and director of the California Emerging Technology Fund.

“AARP provides me an opportunity to do tele-health, to deal with issues of getting the 50-plus generation online. I get to help people who are unemployed at 50, using the Web. So being part of the AARP board is really a wonderful synergy of my interests and the organization’s interests….”

“It’s getting more and more difficult to find a center in American politics. Part of it is the media’s fault. The news hole, in both broadcast and in print, has really been reduced. The downsizing and the mergers and acquisitions that have gone on in the media world have really done a disservice to public policy discussion. It’s made the media more event- and scandal-chasing — the lowest common denominator.

“In political campaigns, it’s 30-second spots. So it’s no surprise that the public has fatigue about dealing with politicians. Every poll in America shows that they are held in very low esteem.

“We can’t return to retail politics because we have the technology and everyone is used to using it. But longer formats, discussions, call-ins, coherent talk would be welcome. Certainly, AARP’s members would welcome that to address their concerns about big things such as Social Security.

“AARP is nonpartisan, and ours is a trusted voice. We have to provide the voice of reason in these debates, so that it’s not a partisan political discussion, but really a rational, practical discussion.

“People really do care about the issues that we work on. They’re central to their lives. We have to find a coherent solution to intractable problems.

“We need to be very heavily data-driven. I think we do that, by the way. I think staff and our board are the best. And our volunteers are terrific. So I’m optimistic, actually.

“A big part of our job as board members is to listen. You don’t let your own biases govern what you do. I have to listen to what the data says and to what members are telling me.

“So if you’re data-driven and you really do listen to the members tell you what their issues are — and we have very good organs of information that help us with that, by the way, in the organization — then you can find consensus.”

Expertise

Politics, communications, debate, telecommunications policy, digital divide, senior health, tele-health, digital literacy, education technology.

Education

Ph.D., communications, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communications; M.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; B.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; A.A., history, Los Angeles Valley College.

Experience

Currently, professor of communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento. Previously, assistant director of debate, University of Southern California; summer debate instructor, Georgetown University; design consultant, Cablevision Systems, New Jersey.

Volunteer experience

Boards: Serves on AARP Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and the AARP Insurance Trust. Formerly, chairperson and founding board member, The Alliance for Public Technology; board member and officer, California Emerging Technology Fund; member, Bellcore Advisory Board.

Other: Formerly, presidential debate judge, Washington Bureau, Associated Press; chair and commission member, California Public Broadcasting Commission (governor’s appointee); commission member, Federal Communication Commission, Network Reliability Council; chair, California Educational technology commission; chair, CEO Task Force on Digital Literacy; chair, International Council on Information Communication Technology; among many others.

Honors

Received a Lifetime Community Service Award, an outstanding teaching award, and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award from California State University, Sacramento. Received a Technology Pioneer Award from the Alliance for Public Technology; a Technology Leadership Award from Computer Using Educators. Named among 50 for the Future by Newsweek magazine.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/leadership/info-2010/barbara_oconnor.html

 

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Lucas Public Affairs is a California-based strategic consulting, public relations, and communications firm.   Located in Sacramento, C.A., Lucas Public Affairs was founded in 2006 by Donna Lucas, who is the firm’s CEO and President. The firm’s clients come from a myriad of industries including energy, sports and entertainment, transportation, natural resources, health care, business and finance, tourism and education.[2] The firm also offers services in the following practice areas: Strategic Communications, Crisis Communications, Issue & Reputation Management, Government Relations, Media, and Social Media

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Public_Affairs

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Barbara O’Connor, a longtime Sacramento college professor and expert in political communications, has joined Lucas Public Affairs, the firm announced today.

O’Connor will provide strategic guidance for the Sacramento-based public relations firm, which serves clients in the fields of energy, sports, entertainment, insurance, local government, education, health care and other fields. Her title will be senior counsel.

“Barbara’s ongoing relationships with the California press corps, academic community, and national and statewide opinion leaders and policymakers make her a major asset to our team,” said Donna Lucas, president and chief executive officer, in a written statement.

O’Connor also released a statement, saying, “I’m excited about partnering with everyone at Lucas Public Affairs. The issues are interesting and challenging. I’m looking forward to adding to the mix. I know I’m going to learn a lot.”

Source:  http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/06/barbara-oconnor-joins-luca…

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Lucas Public Affairs, one of California’s top strategic communications firms, today announced the addition of Dr. Barbara O’Connor, Emeritus Professor at Sacramento State University, to its growing team.

“Dr. O’Connor will be serving as senior counsel to the firm, offering her experience and expertise on some of the firm’s top clients.

A nationally recognized expert in the field of political communications, Dr. O’Connor will provide strategic guidance on some of the most complex issues that Lucas Public Affairs’ clients face.

“I am thrilled that Barbara is joining our team. She is results-based and has a respected reputation – qualities that make her a perfect addition to the firm,” said Donna Lucas, CEO and President of Lucas Public Affairs. “Her years of experience and knowledge of California and her continued role in providing strategic counsel to many national organizations and media outlets will be of tremendous value as we help our clients navigate through challenges and achieve their business goals.”

O’Connor — formerly a professor at Sacramento State University and director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Politics and Media — has over 43 years of experience teaching and in research.

Besides Sacramento State, she has taught at Georgetown and USC where she was the assistant director of debate. She currently sits on the National Board of the American Association of Retired Persons. O’Connor has previously served as a consultant to McClatchy Newspapers, the Boston Globe Media Properties, the Tribune Company, the Washington Bureau of the Associated Press, the California Legislature, the United States Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.

“I’m excited about partnering with everyone at Lucas Public Affairs. The issues are interesting and challenging,” O’Connor said. “I’m looking forward to adding to the mix. I know I’m going to learn a lot.”

“Barbara’s ongoing relationships with the California press corps, academic community and national and statewide opinion leaders and policymakers make her a major asset to our team,” said Lucas.

Last year, the firm announced the promotions of Justin Knighten, Rachel Huberman and Annie Han and the addition of seasoned media strategist Beth Willon.

Led by Lucas, founder of the firm and one of the nation’s foremost public affairs strategists, Lucas Public Affairs’ existing team includes: public affairs experts Julie Marengo, Senior Vice President, and Jessica Spitz Biller, Vice President—who together have a combined 30+ years of experience managing complex and multi-faceted communications programs for a host of clients and issues; Beth Willon, Senior Account Supervisor & Media Specialist; Justin Knighten, Account Executive; Emilie Cameron, Account Coordinator; Rachel Huberman, Account Coordinator; and Annie Han, Executive Assistant.

Source: http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/news/dr-barbara-oe28099connor…

 

 

 

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ninth Circuit’s Kim Wardlaw’s RICO Defendant Bill Wardlaw Hereby Asked to Opine on Connection Between Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC’s Norberto Santana to Your Predecessor Kinde Durkee ?

Voice of OC Kinde Durkee
Joe Dunn’s VOICE OF OC located at 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

 


Kinde Durkee of 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

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


David Washburn of Voice of OC

Martha Escutia
Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


Girardi & Keese’s Tom Girardi of Voice of OC (former). Per the Ninth Circuit, Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation. Subsequent to those findings, the State Bar of California appointed Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk to serve as special prosecutor against Girardi, Lack, and their respective firms. None mentioned that Girardi and Lack are actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice. See story here. For additional allegations of misconduct leveled against Girardi, please see here, and here , and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. For the latest on Walter Lack, please see here. (Image: courtesy photo)

 

Mr. Joe cotchett

 

 

 

 

 

California Democratic Party operative and home-nudist Joe Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, represents Diane Feinstein in suit against Kinde Durkee. Cotchett, as well as Nancy Fineman and others, were part of a criminal conspiracy to file false criminal charges against YR in connection with the ethics complaint in re CaliforniaALL / quadriplegic UC Davis  law student Sara Granda.  As a result of said conspiracy,  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Mike Cabral obtained a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of all data referring or relating to Voice of OC and CaliforniaALL.

COPY OF YR’S COMPLAINT AGAINST VOICE OF OC SUBMITTED TO IRS IN 2011, BELOW:

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

Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

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

California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

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

Partial List of Companies Owned By CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor of Kapor Capital — (TLR Note: 1- Notice Posterous — Used by TLR 2 – Sabotaged? )

         
955 Dreams

A new media publishing company.
         
alltuition

Provides simple, intuitive online planners to help students and families manage the college financial aid process.
         
AppJet

Acquired by Google (NASDAQ GOOG)

AppJet is the company and technology behind EtherPad, the popular online collaborative word processor.
         
Asana

Helping groups work together effectively.
         
Asthmapolis

Tools to track, manage, and research asthma.
         
BeCouply

BeCouply helps couples have epic social lives. We make it fun and easy for couples to discover date ideas and date spots, capture special moments, and connect with couple friends.

 
         
bit.ly

bit.ly allows users to shorten, share, and track links (URLs). Reducing the URL length makes sharing easier.
         
Blockboard

Acquired by Klout

An early stage location-based service that helps people connect with their neighbors and mobilize their local communities.
         
CardMunch

Acquired by LinkedIn (NASDAQ  LNKD )

CardMunch – Business Cards Solved.
         
CardPool

Acquired by Blackhawk Network

Cardpool is a service that allows anyone to buy, sell, or trade their gift cards in a safe and secure environment.
         
Catchafire

Catchafire provides talented individuals with meaningful pro bono experiences in order to build capacity for social good organizations.
         
Chirply

Chirply makes beautiful and unique paper goods based on designs submitted by the community.
         
Citrus Lane

Fresh finds. Parent tips. Delivered monthly.
         
Coffee and Power

Help each other out. Make some money. Right now!
         
Color P.I.

Your Personal Image Detective.
         
CubeTree

Acquired by SuccessFactors (NASDAQ SFSF)

Social networking technologies are profoundly changing the way people connect with family and friends. At work, though, email and IM are still the dominant online communications media. Social networking technology will be at the heart of the next generation of enterprise collaboration.
         
Dapper

Acquired by Yahoo (NASDAQ YHOO)

From its inception, Dapper has provided easy-to-use technical solutions for quickly creating Widgets, Google Gadgets, and Facebook Apps — leading to its flagship product, Dapper Dynamic Ads.
         
Desmos

Interactive education. For every platform. For everyone.
         
DropCam

Watch the things you care about – home, pets, family – with Dropcam Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Cameras. Pair Dropcam HD with the optional cloud recording and analysis service so your video stays safe, secure, and offsite.
         
ePals

ePals is the largest and fastest growing K-12 online community for meaningful learning. More than half a million educators and millions of learners across 200 countries and territories safely connect, collaborate and build community.
         
Federated Media

Federated Media supports independent website authors and audiences, by connecting them to marketers in an ongoing and robust conversation that feeds everyone involved.
         
Fidelis

Next generation blended college for transitioning military.
         
Flowtown

Acquired by Demandforce

Flowtown helps businesses engage with their customers and connect with influencers everywhere in the social web.
         
FormLabs

Formlabs is developing an affordable high-resolution 3D printer to enable designers, engineers, and makers to easily realize their dreams in beautiful physical form.  Formlabs’ product fuses a novel additive manufacturing technology with a unique design-centric approach to achieve an incredible user experience yet to be seen in 3D printing.

 
         
Frid.ge

Acquired by Google (NASDAQ GOOG )

Simple single serving social networks.
         
Fundly

Easy, Social Fundraising.
         
Further Development

A smart response to the mortgage crisis.
         
FutureAdvisor

Your online investment advisor.
         
Get Satisfaction

Get Satisfaction is a direct connection between people and companies that fosters problem-solving, promotes sharing, and builds up relationships.
         
Ginger.io

Big Data, Better Health.
         
Gojee

Handpicked recipes personalized for you.
         
Groundcrew

Groundcrew lets organizations coordinate around real-time, real-world
needs using mobile phones and social media.
         
Hello, Chair

Hello, Chair’s Appsaurus makes finding incredible apps easy.
         
Hipster

Hipster is a fun way to help uncover the vast amount of information about real world locations that isn’t yet available online.
         
Humanoid

Humanoid offers computer programmers a reliable way to use human intelligence in software applications
         
inDinero

inDinero monitors the financial health of your business so that you can focus on what matters. Easy business finance, small business accounting, and cashflow planning.
         
Inkling

Inkling is the world’s first end-to-end platform for mobile learning content.
         
InternMatch

InternMatch connects students with amazing internship opportunities.
         
Life360

Life360 is the place families go to stay safe.
         
Linden Lab

Linden Lab was founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale to create a revolutionary new form of shared experience known as Second Life®. Second Life is a 3D virtual world created by its Residents (people like you) that’s bursting with entertainment, experiences, and opportunity.
         
Magoosh

Magoosh is an online education company with an initial focus on standardized test preparation.
         
MightyMeeting

MightyMeeting is a mobile collaboration service. Users can store presentations in the cloud and access them anytime and anyplace from their mobile phones and tablets.
         
MindSnacks

Awesome mobile learning games for foreign languages and other subjects.
         
Modria

Modria is building the justice system for the internet
         
Motion Math

Motion Math creates learning games for mobile, transforming math’s stumbling blocks into delightful game experiences.
         
New Resource Bank

Planet smart banking.
         
Omada Health

Omada Health is using human-centered design and connected-health technology to build an online program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
         
Optimizely

A/B Testing you’ll actually use.
         
PayNearMe

PayNearMe was created to help consumers who have the will and money to make online purchases but lack a mechanism for doing so.
         
Peel

Peel brings a personalized TV guide to your iPhone®, iPad™, or iPod touch®.
         
Piazza

The new, free way to Q&A for classrooms.
         
Posterous

Acquired by Twitter

Posterous is the dead simple way to put anything online using email.
         
Proven.com

Where skilled people earn jobs.
         
Red Rabbit

At Red Rabbit, we believe good nutrition is essential to a child’s growth, health and happiness. That’s why we work hard every day to introduce farm-fresh and organic products to kids’ diets – and peace of mind to schools and parents.
         
Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world’s most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home.
         
Socialize

Unleash the community hidden inside your app!
         
Sparked

Easy, social, online volunteering for busy people.
         
Sprout

Acquired by InMobi

Sprout Builder is a visual authoring studio that allows creative professionals to quickly and easily create branded, rich-media content and widgets.
         
StyleSeek

StyleSeek revolutionizes the way men find style.  Users receive a custom shopping experience featuring blog posts, products, and brands – all based on their personal style.
         
Sunglass.io

Sunglass.io is a browser-based platform enabling easy collaboration around 3D content.
         
Tioki

Tioki is the first-ever online professional network exclusively for educators. On Tioki, educators are equipped with the right tools to build their online brand, and the right network to expand their influence.
         
Twilio

Twilio provides a simple yet powerful way to build highly scalable telephony applications.
         
Uber

Uber is an on-demand request tool for a private driver.
         
UniversityNow

New Charter University (UniversityNow) was founded by educators, entrepreneurs and technologists who are deeply committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to improve their lives through education.
         
Visual.ly

The world’s largest community for sharing infographics and data visualizations.
         
Wavii

Wavii automatically creates social content in real-time from news, blogs, and tweets across the web.
         
Wowzer

Wowzer is driving a new era of recruitment technology. Our goal is to bring back the essence of recruitment: people getting to know people. With its best-in-breed video-screening platform, Wowzer enhances the recruitment process, making it more efficient, but more importantly, more effective.
         
Xmarks

Acquired by LastPass

Xmarks was founded in 2006 under the original name Foxmarks. Our bookmark sync browser add-on is one of the most popular in the world with over fourteen million downloads and counting.
         
Yobongo

Acquired by Mixbook

Yobongo is a new way for people to communicate with people nearby.

Source:

http://www.kaporcapital.com/view/portfolio/

Ben and Shauna Pilgreen of San Francisco’s Epic Church at 543 Howard Revisited — Church Launched on Barack Obama’s Inaaguration Day — YR Alleges to Mask Fingerprints of Kapor/OSAP/CaliforniaALL/Obama for America

ben could be still only so long –

 

i could for too long.
so together, we went out on the boats

 

our favorite meal? sushi.

Ben Pilgreen

Lead Pastor
ben@epicsf.com

Tim Milner

Executive Pastor
tim@epicsf.com

Brad Keel

Worship Pastor
brad@epicsf.com

Lindsey Lee

Director of City Life
lindsey@epicsf.com

Ben Lee

Director of Media
ben.lee@epicsf.com

Source:  http://epicsf.com/about-us/epic-team/

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Furnishing Epic’s New Space at 543 Howard  source: http://epicsf.com/543howard/

We are so excited about moving into our new space.  To make our space ready, we are going to have to buy quite a few things we haven’t needed before.  This is due to the fact that the W Hotel provided many of the things that we must now provide ourselves.  It is also due to the fact that our new space was set up for office use, not so much for a church.  I would love for you to consider giving towards the 543 Howard Fund.  Listed below, you will see the categories of things we’re going to have to purchase and what each area will cost.  You can see giving instructions at the bottom of this page.  Thanks so much for making an investment in Epic Church.

Chairs: $14,533.75

This includes the manufacturing and shipping costs for 230 chairs.  Each chair comes out to a little over $60.  The W Hotel gave us chairs to use while we were meeting there.  We must provide our own chairs in this new space.

Staging: $6,575.00

The W Hotel provided a stage to use while we were meeting there.  We must provide our own stage in this new space.

Audio/Visual: $17,620.00

To turn this office space into church space, we have to convert the current lighting system in the main room.  Because this space has different dimensions than our space we have been using, we must also order new display screens.  We must provide sound panels to help out with the acoustics in the room.

Epic Kids: $3,500.00

We are purchasing a video monitor system for security purposes for our kids ministry.  We are also purchasing TV screens for two of the kids rooms in which we will be using DVD curriculum.  We will also be adding whiteboards for each room, a changing table, storage shelves, and other items to make these rooms kid-friendly.

Supplies/Signage: $2,000.00

Because we have our own space now, there are certain supplies we’ll have to buy for the first time (vacuum cleaner, other cleaning supplies, plunger, coffee maker, trash cans, etc.).  We will also be ordering new signage that will help direct people where to go.  This also includes a wall sign in our new lobby that indicates the space belongs to Epic Church.

Giving Instructions

Giving by Check: Please be sure to put what it’s for in the memo line. Make checks payable to Epic Church and mail to:

Epic Church
PO Box 77604
San Francisco, CA 94107

Source:  http://epicsf.com/543howard/

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BEN AND SHAUNA TRIP TO HAWAII 

Source:

http://www.shaunapilgreen.com/2012/05/island.html

Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

 

island

how to enjoy the island of oahu all while encouraging a future church planting family:

 

say goodbye to routine as you know it.

 

 

say aloha to an island and culture where being laid back isn’t viewed as negative, 
rather viewed as a value.

 

see the island from a local’s point of view, rather than a tourist’s point of view.
henry’s place has been moved around as commercialism has taken over waikiki. yet he still makes homemade fresh fruit ice cream served in styrofoam cups in the back room of his small store tucked in the shadow of donald trump’s hotel. 

 

 

stay on your time zone and wake up long before the rest of the island. this gives you the beaches and the roads to your exploring. 

 

rent a jeep online before you go. it’s the same rate as a midsize car, but way more fun. we both were happy. ben got to tour the island with the top off and i got my sun that way instead of laying dormant on the beach. 

 

 

 

we were told to hike diamondhead but it was closed the week we were there. so we drove along the windward side of the island. 

 

walk along sandy beach park where the waves crash against the mighty rock.

 

drive to the north shore where the surfers hang and wait for the perfect wave. they say they’re much higher in january. 

 

collect sea glass. that’s the only treasure from the beach you can legally bring home. 

 

every few minutes, stand still wherever you find yourself on the island and take in His creation. every mountain, every wave, every coral reef is alive and under His submission.

 

A Little About our Adoption

 

Source:

http://www.shaunapilgreen.com/p/a-little-about-our-adoption.html

 

 

the timeline as it happens:

 

November 2011-January 2012: Praying and seeking about our family’s involvement with adoption

 

April 4.2012: Filled out international adoption registration online

 

April 12.2012: Filled out AWAA paperwork; paid $300 application fee

 

April 24.2012: Called and had questions answered by AWAA

 

May 4.2012: Approved for India adoption program with AWAA

 

May 5.2012: Paid initial placement fee of $2200

 

May 4-6.2012: We share with our family about this great news

 

May 13.2012: We share with our church family about our adoption

 

May 19.2012: Wrote our 2-4 page autobiographies

May 19.2012: Signed international adoption disclaimer
May 19.2012: Signed adoption agreement
May 19.2012: Signed duty of candor
May 19.2012: Signed financial disclosure statement
May 19.2012: Signed clearance questionnaire, each of us
May 19.2012: Filled out verification of residency

 

May 20.2012: Filled out and signed letter of guardianship

 

May 21.2012: Sent off for birth certificates (ordering Ben’s BC $47.95, Shauna’s BC $22)

May 21.2012: Sent off for marriage certificate ($41.36)
May 21.2012: Obtained employment verification letter from Epic Church.

 

May 22.2012: Accomplished live scan fingerprinting ($178)

 

May 25.2012: Received Ben’s birth certificate

 

May 28.2012: Signed reading agreement after choosing 5 books we         will read.

 

May 28.2012: Ordered 3 books from our list from amazon. Checked one out from the local library. Borrowed one from friend.

 

May 29.2012: Paid $2889 for home study and travel fee
May 29.2012: Gathered copy of marriage license, insurance cards, most recent tax documents (for past two years – first and last pages) and birth certificates

 

June 1.2012: Physicals complete and form notarized (Shauna $789; Ben $699; notary $20)

 

June 4.2012: Received letter of guardianship from family 

 

June 11.2012: Received our marriage certificate

 

June 30.2012: Completed the first home study – a walk around the house and get-to-know you with social worker

 

July 5.2012: Paid $195 for Hague online training

 

July 6.2012: Started watching the 10 hours of Hague online training videos

 

July 11.2012: Boys had their physicals

 

July 14.2012: Completed the second home study – interview with us and the kids by same social worker

 

July 15.2012: Wow! Finished our 10 hours of Hague online training

 

July 21.2012: Completed the third and final home study 

 

July 27.2012: Received finalized and approved home study from AWAA

August 1.2012: AWAA sought to register us with CARA (India’s adoption authority). We were one of the 100 applicants they received this month.

August 6.2012: Mailed USCIS I-800A form through Fed EX ($890+ $36)

August 8.2012: Mailed birth certificates, marriage certificates to be apostilled ($62.90)

August 13-15.2012: Mailed adoption packets; Posted adoption fundraising on blog ($250 for postage and printing)

August 22.2012: It’s official! We are registered and approved to adopt in India.

September 4.2012: We received our orphanage match! Northwest India.

September 5.2012: 12 documents notarized ($120); Overnighted marriage certificate to GA ($38.17); Police Clearance Letters/Mobile Notary ($50).

September 10.2012: We received apostilled marriage license in from Secretary of State in GA.

September 10.2012: USCIS biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment for us here in our city.

September 11.2012: Ben drove to Sacramento to get all of our documents (17) apostilled (state seal by the Secretary of State of California). ($382)

September 11.2012: Shauna made 365 copies of the completed dossier. ($38)

September 12.2012: Mailed dossier to AWAA, overnighted through FedEx. (dossier submission = $7,335)


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our family – me, ben, elijah, sam, and asher have the capacity to love another. 

 

two of our said purposes as a family are to share our joy-filled home and to embark daily on this faith adventure.

 

so once again, hand in hand, all five of us, step out in faith to pursue the heartbeat of God. 
His heart beats passionately for the orphans.
mine and ben’s hearts are heavy and stirring.
in prayerful obedience we pursue adoption.
with our three boys at our side we trust God.

 


india.
a girl.
american world adoption.

 

we seek to do for this child what God has done through Christ for us all – He calls us His very own.

 

we seek to pour into her life, to invest in her life.

 

we seek to love her as our own. 

 

we seek to give her a home within our home. 
to invite her in as family. as our daughter.

 

for me, i long to embrace the honor of nurturing this precious girl to know her value and worth in Jesus Christ.

 

for ben, he looks forward to seeing her respond to being loved to pieces by all 5 of us. he can’t wait to be a dad to this sweet princess.

 

for our boys, they are happy to have another sibling. to have a Pilgreen girl. to teach her baseball. to demonstrate kindness delicately.

 

many uncertainties encompass this journey.
many what ifs. 
we’ve never pursued adoption. this is a first.
india is a pilot program for awaa. 
they have unanswered questions.
how long?
how old will she be?
what is her story as of now?

 

our story together is infused with faith.
faith that she has someone who loves her deeply and is coming for her.
faith that we will pursue God’s heart daily as He directs our steps towards her.
we live on different continents today.
but soon, our lives will be shared under one roof. 

 

until then, we invite you into the story.
you’ve walked with us in prayer and support to start a church in san francisco. 
He’s been faithful.
walk with us some more. to india and back.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mitchell KaporFreada Kapor Klein 

(L) Mitch Kapor, confederate of FBI’s Shrimpscam Gwen Moore and Judy Johnson, recently dubbed “Michael Shames of Northern California” because of a propensity to operate through a foundation, and than some. For example, in 2008, the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)– a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Mitch Kapor whose purpose was to effect widespread adoption of free software/open-source software — was purposefully used to effect political propaganda on behalf of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” Presently, both he and his spouse, CaliforniaALL director Freada Kapor Klein(R), are under extreme scrutiny in connection with the unsettling financial transactions involving the California Bar Foundation and CaliforniaALL. (image:courtesy)

Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation Phone Banking to Swing States for Obama

 

CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris of OBAMA FOR AMERICA visits the Kapor Center located at 543 Howard Street in San Francisco.

 

Bettina Neuefeind
In 2008, serving as San Francisco “office-manager” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA was Bettina Neuefeind, shown above at “The Kapor Center.” Neuefeind is married to Larry Lessig — a known confederate of Mitch Kapor. (image:courtesy)

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Ben and Shauna Pilgreen of San Francisco’s Epic Church at 543 Howard Revisited — Church Launched on Barack Obama’s Inaaguration Day — YR Alleges to Mask Fingerprints of Kapor/OSAP/CaliforniaALL/Obama for America

ben could be still only so long –

 

i could for too long.
so together, we went out on the boats

 

our favorite meal? sushi.

Ben Pilgreen

Lead Pastor
ben@epicsf.com

Tim Milner

Executive Pastor
tim@epicsf.com

Brad Keel

Worship Pastor
brad@epicsf.com

Lindsey Lee

Director of City Life
lindsey@epicsf.com

Ben Lee

Director of Media
ben.lee@epicsf.com

Source:  http://epicsf.com/about-us/epic-team/

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Furnishing Epic’s New Space at 543 Howard  source: http://epicsf.com/543howard/

We are so excited about moving into our new space.  To make our space ready, we are going to have to buy quite a few things we haven’t needed before.  This is due to the fact that the W Hotel provided many of the things that we must now provide ourselves.  It is also due to the fact that our new space was set up for office use, not so much for a church.  I would love for you to consider giving towards the 543 Howard Fund.  Listed below, you will see the categories of things we’re going to have to purchase and what each area will cost.  You can see giving instructions at the bottom of this page.  Thanks so much for making an investment in Epic Church.

Chairs: $14,533.75

This includes the manufacturing and shipping costs for 230 chairs.  Each chair comes out to a little over $60.  The W Hotel gave us chairs to use while we were meeting there.  We must provide our own chairs in this new space.

Staging: $6,575.00

The W Hotel provided a stage to use while we were meeting there.  We must provide our own stage in this new space.

Audio/Visual: $17,620.00

To turn this office space into church space, we have to convert the current lighting system in the main room.  Because this space has different dimensions than our space we have been using, we must also order new display screens.  We must provide sound panels to help out with the acoustics in the room.

Epic Kids: $3,500.00

We are purchasing a video monitor system for security purposes for our kids ministry.  We are also purchasing TV screens for two of the kids rooms in which we will be using DVD curriculum.  We will also be adding whiteboards for each room, a changing table, storage shelves, and other items to make these rooms kid-friendly.

Supplies/Signage: $2,000.00

Because we have our own space now, there are certain supplies we’ll have to buy for the first time (vacuum cleaner, other cleaning supplies, plunger, coffee maker, trash cans, etc.).  We will also be ordering new signage that will help direct people where to go.  This also includes a wall sign in our new lobby that indicates the space belongs to Epic Church.

Giving Instructions

Giving by Check: Please be sure to put what it’s for in the memo line. Make checks payable to Epic Church and mail to:

Epic Church
PO Box 77604
San Francisco, CA 94107

Source:  http://epicsf.com/543howard/

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BEN AND SHAUNA TRIP TO HAWAII 

Source:

http://www.shaunapilgreen.com/2012/05/island.html

Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

 

island

how to enjoy the island of oahu all while encouraging a future church planting family:

 

say goodbye to routine as you know it.

 

 

say aloha to an island and culture where being laid back isn’t viewed as negative, 
rather viewed as a value.

 

see the island from a local’s point of view, rather than a tourist’s point of view.
henry’s place has been moved around as commercialism has taken over waikiki. yet he still makes homemade fresh fruit ice cream served in styrofoam cups in the back room of his small store tucked in the shadow of donald trump’s hotel. 

 

 

stay on your time zone and wake up long before the rest of the island. this gives you the beaches and the roads to your exploring. 

 

rent a jeep online before you go. it’s the same rate as a midsize car, but way more fun. we both were happy. ben got to tour the island with the top off and i got my sun that way instead of laying dormant on the beach. 

 

 

 

we were told to hike diamondhead but it was closed the week we were there. so we drove along the windward side of the island. 

 

walk along sandy beach park where the waves crash against the mighty rock.

 

drive to the north shore where the surfers hang and wait for the perfect wave. they say they’re much higher in january. 

 

collect sea glass. that’s the only treasure from the beach you can legally bring home. 

 

every few minutes, stand still wherever you find yourself on the island and take in His creation. every mountain, every wave, every coral reef is alive and under His submission.

 

A Little About our Adoption

 

Source:

http://www.shaunapilgreen.com/p/a-little-about-our-adoption.html

 

 

the timeline as it happens:

 

November 2011-January 2012: Praying and seeking about our family’s involvement with adoption

 

April 4.2012: Filled out international adoption registration online

 

April 12.2012: Filled out AWAA paperwork; paid $300 application fee

 

April 24.2012: Called and had questions answered by AWAA

 

May 4.2012: Approved for India adoption program with AWAA

 

May 5.2012: Paid initial placement fee of $2200

 

May 4-6.2012: We share with our family about this great news

 

May 13.2012: We share with our church family about our adoption

 

May 19.2012: Wrote our 2-4 page autobiographies

May 19.2012: Signed international adoption disclaimer
May 19.2012: Signed adoption agreement
May 19.2012: Signed duty of candor
May 19.2012: Signed financial disclosure statement
May 19.2012: Signed clearance questionnaire, each of us
May 19.2012: Filled out verification of residency

 

May 20.2012: Filled out and signed letter of guardianship

 

May 21.2012: Sent off for birth certificates (ordering Ben’s BC $47.95, Shauna’s BC $22)

May 21.2012: Sent off for marriage certificate ($41.36)
May 21.2012: Obtained employment verification letter from Epic Church.

 

May 22.2012: Accomplished live scan fingerprinting ($178)

 

May 25.2012: Received Ben’s birth certificate

 

May 28.2012: Signed reading agreement after choosing 5 books we         will read.

 

May 28.2012: Ordered 3 books from our list from amazon. Checked one out from the local library. Borrowed one from friend.

 

May 29.2012: Paid $2889 for home study and travel fee
May 29.2012: Gathered copy of marriage license, insurance cards, most recent tax documents (for past two years – first and last pages) and birth certificates

 

June 1.2012: Physicals complete and form notarized (Shauna $789; Ben $699; notary $20)

 

June 4.2012: Received letter of guardianship from family 

 

June 11.2012: Received our marriage certificate

 

June 30.2012: Completed the first home study – a walk around the house and get-to-know you with social worker

 

July 5.2012: Paid $195 for Hague online training

 

July 6.2012: Started watching the 10 hours of Hague online training videos

 

July 11.2012: Boys had their physicals

 

July 14.2012: Completed the second home study – interview with us and the kids by same social worker

 

July 15.2012: Wow! Finished our 10 hours of Hague online training

 

July 21.2012: Completed the third and final home study 

 

July 27.2012: Received finalized and approved home study from AWAA

August 1.2012: AWAA sought to register us with CARA (India’s adoption authority). We were one of the 100 applicants they received this month.

August 6.2012: Mailed USCIS I-800A form through Fed EX ($890+ $36)

August 8.2012: Mailed birth certificates, marriage certificates to be apostilled ($62.90)

August 13-15.2012: Mailed adoption packets; Posted adoption fundraising on blog ($250 for postage and printing)

August 22.2012: It’s official! We are registered and approved to adopt in India.

September 4.2012: We received our orphanage match! Northwest India.

September 5.2012: 12 documents notarized ($120); Overnighted marriage certificate to GA ($38.17); Police Clearance Letters/Mobile Notary ($50).

September 10.2012: We received apostilled marriage license in from Secretary of State in GA.

September 10.2012: USCIS biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment for us here in our city.

September 11.2012: Ben drove to Sacramento to get all of our documents (17) apostilled (state seal by the Secretary of State of California). ($382)

September 11.2012: Shauna made 365 copies of the completed dossier. ($38)

September 12.2012: Mailed dossier to AWAA, overnighted through FedEx. (dossier submission = $7,335)


_________________________________________________________________________________

 

our family – me, ben, elijah, sam, and asher have the capacity to love another. 

 

two of our said purposes as a family are to share our joy-filled home and to embark daily on this faith adventure.

 

so once again, hand in hand, all five of us, step out in faith to pursue the heartbeat of God. 
His heart beats passionately for the orphans.
mine and ben’s hearts are heavy and stirring.
in prayerful obedience we pursue adoption.
with our three boys at our side we trust God.

 


india.
a girl.
american world adoption.

 

we seek to do for this child what God has done through Christ for us all – He calls us His very own.

 

we seek to pour into her life, to invest in her life.

 

we seek to love her as our own. 

 

we seek to give her a home within our home. 
to invite her in as family. as our daughter.

 

for me, i long to embrace the honor of nurturing this precious girl to know her value and worth in Jesus Christ.

 

for ben, he looks forward to seeing her respond to being loved to pieces by all 5 of us. he can’t wait to be a dad to this sweet princess.

 

for our boys, they are happy to have another sibling. to have a Pilgreen girl. to teach her baseball. to demonstrate kindness delicately.

 

many uncertainties encompass this journey.
many what ifs. 
we’ve never pursued adoption. this is a first.
india is a pilot program for awaa. 
they have unanswered questions.
how long?
how old will she be?
what is her story as of now?

 

our story together is infused with faith.
faith that she has someone who loves her deeply and is coming for her.
faith that we will pursue God’s heart daily as He directs our steps towards her.
we live on different continents today.
but soon, our lives will be shared under one roof. 

 

until then, we invite you into the story.
you’ve walked with us in prayer and support to start a church in san francisco. 
He’s been faithful.
walk with us some more. to india and back.

 

 

 

 

 

====================================================

 

Mitchell KaporFreada Kapor Klein 

(L) Mitch Kapor, confederate of FBI’s Shrimpscam Gwen Moore and Judy Johnson, recently dubbed “Michael Shames of Northern California” because of a propensity to operate through a foundation, and than some. For example, in 2008, the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)– a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Mitch Kapor whose purpose was to effect widespread adoption of free software/open-source software — was purposefully used to effect political propaganda on behalf of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” Presently, both he and his spouse, CaliforniaALL director Freada Kapor Klein(R), are under extreme scrutiny in connection with the unsettling financial transactions involving the California Bar Foundation and CaliforniaALL. (image:courtesy)

Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation Phone Banking to Swing States for Obama

 

CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris of OBAMA FOR AMERICA visits the Kapor Center located at 543 Howard Street in San Francisco.

 

Bettina Neuefeind
In 2008, serving as San Francisco “office-manager” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA was Bettina Neuefeind, shown above at “The Kapor Center.” Neuefeind is married to Larry Lessig — a known confederate of Mitch Kapor. (image:courtesy)

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

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

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

Life and career

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

Article by Ugotrade on Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor – Incubating the Future ; The Kapor Center on 543 Howard, San Francisco, CA

First, Ugotrade:

* Entire article, including photos, please see source: http://www.ugotrade.com/2008/11/13/freada-kapor-klein-and-mitch-kapor-incubat…

543 Howard is a large, child and dog friendly building South of Market. It is home to several organizations all connected with one another that Freada and Mitch founded.  Some are non- profit and some for-profit, but all share a common kind of value framework – trying to make a difference in the world.

The picture above is Bettina Neuefeind (married to Larry Lessig – Change Congress). Bettina and volunteer, Roy Bowers, look as though they are feeling confident shortly before Barak Obama became President Elect.

Bettina, a photographer (see her election photoset) and attorney, took leave from her job as an attorney to work as Volunteer Office Manager for the SF Obama for America HQ back in September.  Bettina organized an overflow phone bank at 543 Howard during the November 1-4 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) .

Freada encapsulated the mission of 543 Howard to me:

    So it is about empathy, It is about building understanding and it is about building bridges between the non-profit world and the for profit world, between the geeks and the social justice types between lots of different types of groups.  Everybody is smart, everybody has a big heart and everybody is working on great things. So we are really trying to work together and build community.
Mitch explained more about the organizations at 543:

    There are several organizations all connected with one another, some non- profit, some for-profit but all efforts that Freada and Mitch founded. There is Level Playing Field Institute – an activist non-profit – which Freada started that runs scholarship and leadership development programs for underrepresented students of color and is involved in reducing bias in the work place. Also there is The Mitchell Kapor Foundation which has grant programs in education, the environment and voting access.

    We did a whole big program this year to help organizations in terms of people’s right to vote.  And on election day we have been hosting one of the National Call Centers for the Election Protection Coalition. We have room full of volunteer attorneys hooked up to phones connected to 866 Our Vote. So we are part of this national system where people can refer any problem they are having voting.

    The Election Protection Center has been in the works for months.  We had to get tied into their 800 number.  There is a lot of set up for that. Election Protection is strictly non-partisan.  As you noticed,  when we were together there, I had to take off my Obama T-Shirt when I went in the room.  It is like a polling place you can’t have any political signs.
Also for the last few days here, we have been hosting a call center phone bank. Obama For America ran out of room in their office space in SF and we had some extra space. So they have their own cell phones and charges, and we have been making the space available so they can make get out the vote calls in the final days of the campaign.

Everyone was quite nervous at the beginning of the night!

I went into Second Life (Mitch Kapor was the Angel Investor for Linden Lab) to find people were anxiously watching there too – on Capitol  Hill.  Capitol Hill was built by Steve Nelson from Clear Ink. Steve’s Interactive Polling Map is only one of a number of interesting projects he has pioneered in Second Life.  See New World Notes for just how big the victory celebrations got in Second Life.

 

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Located on Howard Street between First and Second in the South Financial District of downtown San Francisco, 543 Howard was built in 1924 as a three-story grocery warehouse.

Since 2003, the Kapor Center has supported an array of educational, environmental, high tech and social justice organizations and activities in our Howard Street offices.

In addition to our primary occupants— Mitchell Kapor Foundation, Level Playing Field Institute, Klein Associates, Kapor Enterprises, and Kapor Capital, we also currently house Carbon War Room.

Now recently renovated, 543 Howard Street embodies the very best in contemporary design and thoughtful engineering. Recognizing that progressive workplaces mean healthier employees, 543 Howard’s owners incorporated the use of environmentally sensitive, or “green” practices throughout the building’s remodel.

Please see source:

http://www.kaporcenter.com/sf/

 

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

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

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

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

_______________________________________________________

August 7, 2012

 

Dear Justice Miller,

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard

Director, Alliance of California Judges

 

Source:

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

 

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

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

Dear Ms. Kim:

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF MAIN ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FORTUITOUS DISCOVERY OF CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

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

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Behold! The members of the Executive and planning committee

 

Source:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Profile of Contra Costa County Judicial Officer Joel Golub (TLR Note: Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown Further Imposed on the People by Appointing Wholly Unqualified Judy Johnson to the CoCo Bench Rather Than Elevating Golub)

Full Biography for Joel Golub

Candidate for
Superior Court Judge; County of Contra Costa

[photo]

This information is provided by the candidate

My legal background spans 29 years. In 1993 I was appointed the Commissioner for the Walnut Creek Municipal Court. In 1998 I was elevated to Superior Court Commissioner.

 

During my nine years as Superior and Municipal Court Commissioner I have judged over 2,000 criminal and civil cases. I earned the respect of the Superior Court Judges when they appointed me and many of the same Judges and others have endorsed my candidacy because of my service and experience.

 

In 1994 I created a juvenile diversion program for first time drug and alcohol offenders in the Walnut Creek/Danville Municipal Court. In 1998 I helped establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Walnut Creek Superior Court. In 2001 I helped to set up the first Small Claims mediation program in Walnut Creek. I continue to provide judicial leadership by streamlining administrative bureaucracy and providing the public with the highest quality service and access to the courts.

 

I am the only candidate in this race with previous full time experience on the bench. In 1999, and again in 2001, the Contra Costa County Bar Association nominated me as pro bono Judge of the Year. In addition to my full calendar, I also teach law to Judges at the California Judicial Education Studies Program, teach law to attorneys through the Contra Costa County Bar Association and have taught law students as a professor for more than 20 years. I have the most experience to serve you now as your Superior Court Judge.

 

My significant legacy of public service and community involvement has earned me numerous awards and honors for outstanding contributions to youth programs, the court system and helping those in our community who cannot afford legal services.

 

 

Eric Holder Profile (TLR Note: Notice Caribbean Origin — Similar to Colin Powell. Psyche Free of Inferior and “House Negro” Complexes. Unlike Some People who Believe CPUC,Utility Companies,Ford Foundation/ 3 Browns, Keker,Brosnahan Deliver Salvation

Eric Holder
82nd United States Attorney General
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 3, 2009
President Barack Obama
Deputy David Ogden
James Cole
Preceded by Michael Mukasey
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
In office
June 13, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Jamie Gorelick
Succeeded by Larry Thompson
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
In office
October 1993 – June 13, 1997
Nominated by Bill Clinton
Preceded by J. Ramsey Johnson[1]
Associate Judge on Superior Court of the District of Columbia
In office
October 1988 – October 1993
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Personal details
Born Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.
January 21, 1951 (age 61)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Sharon Malone
Children Maya
Brooke
Eric
Alma mater Columbia University (A.B.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
Profession Attorney at Law
Religion Episcopal

Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first black American to hold the position,[2] serving under President Barack Obama.

Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. In that office he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (Democrat, Illinois) for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama’s vice-presidential selection committee.

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Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents with roots in Barbados.[3][4][dead link][5] Holder’s father, Eric Himpton Holder, Sr. (1905–1970) was born in Saint Joseph, Barbados and arrived in the United States at the age of 11.[6][7] He later became a real estate broker. His mother, Miriam, was born in New Jersey, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados.[7] Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually-gifted students.[8] In 1969, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Columbia University, where he played freshman basketball and was co-captain of his team. He earned a A.B. degree in American history in 1973.[9] Holder received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, graduating in 1976. He worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during his first summer and the United States Attorney during his second summer.[8]

 

Source:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) Files Amicus Brief in Richard Sander v. State Bar of California (TLR Note: TLR Presently Examines Various Aspects of FPOC in Connection with One Rodney Fong)

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) Files Amicus Brief in Richard Sander v. State Bar of California (TLR Note: TLR Presently Examines Various Aspects of FPOC in Connection with One Rodney Fong)            

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Source of press release @:

http://news.yahoo.com/people-color-inc-files-amicus-curiae-brief-support-1656…

 

For People of Color, Inc. filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of California in support of the State Bar of California’s efforts to protect the privacy interests of all bar applicants. The State Bar, which is governed by the Supreme Court of California, has repeatedly assured bar applicants that their private information, which they are required to provide in order to seek admission to the State Bar, would not be disclosed. In its brief, FPOC argues: “The State Bar’s promises of confidentiality reconfirm the constitutional right of applicants to control the dissemination of their personal information.”

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of California in support of the State Bar of California’s efforts to protect the privacy interests of all bar applicants. In Sander v. State Bar of California (Case No. S194951, Supreme Court of California), Plaintiffs are improperly seeking the following private and extremely sensitive information of all bar applicants from 1972 to 2007: (1) race, (2) law school, (3) whether the applicant is a transfer student, (4) year of law school graduation, (5) total raw score on first bar exam, (6) total scaled score in first bar exam, (7) raw MBE score, (8) scaled MBE score, (9) raw essay score, (10) scaled essay score, (11) raw performance test score, (12) scaled performance test score, (13) bar passage, (14) law school GPA, (15) LSAT score, and (16) undergraduate GPA.

FPOC, whose membership includes current and prospective members of the State Bar of California (“State Bar”) from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, filed its brief to support the State Bar’s efforts to protect bar applicants’ private data. The State Bar, which is governed by the Supreme Court of California, has repeatedly assured bar applicants that their private information, which they are required to provide in order to seek admission to the State Bar, would not be disclosed. In its brief, FPOC argues: “The State Bar’s promises of confidentiality reconfirm the constitutional right of applicants to control the dissemination of their personal information. Applicants have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the information at issue based on the State Bar’s promises of confidentiality, which must be honored to preserve the integrity of the State Bar and the judiciary overall. Applicants’ reasonable expectation of privacy is also supported by the State Bar’s longstanding pattern of nondisclosure of applicants’ records. The State Bar has never released applicants’ private information to members of the public and there is no reason why it should be compelled to start now.”

Anthony Solana, Jr., FPOC’s president and chairperson, states: “This is an important case because disclosure of this sensitive information will potentially expose all bar applicants to irreversible invasions of their constitutionally protected privacy interests, despite clear promises of confidentiality made by the State Bar. I am extremely grateful to our wonderful team of attorneys. They spent countless hours to ensure that our membership’s interests were presented to the Court.”

The law firms of Perkins Coie LLP and Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP represented FPOC. In particular, Sunita Bali, Norma Nava, and Vilma Palma-Solana were primarily responsible for drafting FPOC’s amicus curiae brief.

Anthony Solana, Jr.
For People of Color, Inc.
310-499-9500
Email Information

Tani Cantil Sakauye / Ruthe Ashley as Scheme to Defraud the Public Exposed — Part 2: In Press-Release Name of Ruthe Ashley (Kababayan and Close Friend of CJ Cantil ) Magically Appeared

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) is pleased to announce it has received the 2011 State Bar of California’s Diversity Award for its long term, sustained accomplishments toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.

This recognition follows the California Minority Counsel Program Foundation awarding FPOC with a major grant and the Employment Roundtable of Southern California awarding FPOC’s founder, president, and Chairperson, Anthony Solana, Jr., with its Leadership Award.

“Since its founding, FPOC has been keenly focused on ensuring that the legal profession reflects our State’s rich and bountiful diversity. Thousands of prospective law students have attended our admissions conferences and utilized the wealth of resources we offer.” said Anthony Solana, Jr. He continued, “We would like to sincerely thank the Greenlining Institute for nominating FPOC to receive this important recognition.”

Established in 2001 by the Board of Governors, the State Bar Diversity Award recognizes outstanding efforts and significant contributions by a bar association, law firm and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in California’s legal profession.

“The Board of Directors is truly honored and humbled by the State Bar’s recognition,” stated Norma Nava, Vice President & Board Member of FPOC. “For over a decade, FPOC has been in the trenches preparing students to enter our profession. It’s fabulous to see that our labor is bearing fruit in the countless numbers of our alumni that find themselves in the country’s finest law schools and law firms,” stated Nava.

The ceremony for the award will take place on September 17, 2011 in Long Beach, California, during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting and will feature remarks by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Keynote speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean of UC Irvine School of Law. The event will also honor retired Justice Carlos Moreno, Karen Nobumoto (former State Bar President) and Ruthe Ashley for their extensive contributions to the diversity pipeline efforts, as well as acknowledging the award recipients for the past 10 years.

Dateline April 2, 2010 — People of color file suit over selection of San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Friday, April 2, 2010

People of color file suit over selection of San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

San Mateo County officials today released a letter (see pages 23-24) from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, a San Francisco-based civil rights legal foundation, informing the County that the civil rights organization may file a lawsuit against the County for potential violations of the California Voting Rights Act due to the County’s use of at-large elections for San Mateo County Supervisors.

The letter, signed by the organization’s legal director Robert Rubin, states:

“Our research shows that in the history of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, only two members of the protected class have been elected to this Board, one of whom was appointed prior to her election. According to recent data, the overall percentage of minority citizen voting age population in San Mateo [County] is 44.64%. Given the significant number of minority citizen voting age residents, we believe that the county’s use of an at-large election system dilutes the vote of minority residents.”

The letter concludes:

“Given the historical lack of minority representation on the Board of Supervisors in the context of racially polarized elections, we again urge San Mateo [County] to voluntarily change its at-large system of electing board members. Otherwise, on behalf of the residents within the county, we will be forced to seek judicial relief. Please advise us no later than April 30th, 2010 as to whether you would like to discuss a voluntary change to your current at-large system.”

http://www.peninsulaexaminer.com/2010/04/people-of-color-file-suit-over.html#

For People of Color, Inc. Honored with State Bar of California’s Diversity Award

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) is pleased to announce it has received the 2011 State Bar of California’s Diversity Award for its long term, sustained accomplishments toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 12, 2011

For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) is pleased to announce it has received the 2011 State Bar of California’s Diversity Award for its long term, sustained accomplishments toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.

This recognition follows the California Minority Counsel Program Foundation awarding FPOC with a major grant and the Employment Roundtable of Southern California awarding FPOC’s founder, president, and Chairperson, Anthony Solana, Jr., with its Leadership Award.

“Since its founding, FPOC has been keenly focused on ensuring that the legal profession reflects our State’s rich and bountiful diversity. Thousands of prospective law students have attended our admissions conferences and utilized the wealth of resources we offer.” said Anthony Solana, Jr. He continued, “We would like to sincerely thank the Greenlining Institute for nominating FPOC to receive this important recognition.”

Established in 2001 by the Board of Governors, the State Bar Diversity Award recognizes outstanding efforts and significant contributions by a bar association, law firm and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in California’s legal profession.

“The Board of Directors is truly honored and humbled by the State Bar’s recognition,” stated Norma Nava, Vice President & Board Member of FPOC. “For over a decade, FPOC has been in the trenches preparing students to enter our profession. It’s fabulous to see that our labor is bearing fruit in the countless numbers of our alumni that find themselves in the country’s finest law schools and law firms,” stated Nava.

The ceremony for the award will take place on September 17, 2011 in Long Beach, California, during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting and will feature remarks by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Keynote speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean of UC Irvine School of Law. The event will also honor retired Justice Carlos Moreno, Karen Nobumoto (former State Bar President) and Ruthe Ashley for their extensive contributions to the diversity pipeline efforts, as well as acknowledging the award recipients for the past 10 years.

About For People of Color, Inc.

For over a decade, For People of Color, Inc. (“FPOC”) has provided free, high-quality law school admissions consulting services to thousands of prospective law school applicants. FPOC has been widely recognized as a leader in its efforts to diversify the profession. Its workshops and publications have been credited with assisting students gain admission to the country’s most selective law schools.

Contact:
Anthony Solana, Jr.
(323) 791-2140 (direct)
anthonysolana(at)forpeopleofcolor(dot)org
www.forpeopleofcolor.org

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