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The Leslie Brodie Report Sends Greetings to Cruz Reynoso of UC Davis — Part of OBAMA FOR AMERICA / Barack Obama 2009 Team [ TLR Note: Reynoso deeply involved in events surrounding Allen Matkins / CaliforniaALL Embezzlement – Money Laundering Scheme As Are many Other OBAMA FOR AMERICA Operatives ; Cruz Reynoso — similar to John Bryson, Mike Feuer, Matt Africa — Involved in Strange Car Accident, Divine Intervention? ]

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UC Davis’ Cruz Reynoso as Potential Prospective Addendum to Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Richard Blum — Regent of University of California / Common Denominator to Various Suspicious Financial Machinations as TLR Seeks Public Comment If Appropriate for Permanent Addendum ? [TLR Note: Reynoso 1. Former California SC Justice thrown out of office in special recall election 2- Part of UC System 3- Part of CaliforniaALL / SAL UC Irvine sham events 4. Around that time, also too close to Allen Matkins 5. UC Davis + Mark Friedman / Gilles Attia ]

Cruz Reynoso , Mike Feuer, Maria Rivera Cruz Reynoso , Holly Fujie

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute — Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property (confederate of both CaliforniaALL’s accountant Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associated and Howard Dickstein – husband of Jeannine English) and Marjorie Solomon ( Mark Friedman’s spouse)

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

Mort Friedman — Lion of Sacramento — Dead at 80 (TLR Note: The Leslie Brodie Report sends condolences to the Friedman Family, and will suspend coverage of events surrounding errant son Mark Friedman for the next 24 hours)

Morton L. Friedman, whose drive and vision as a lawyer, businessman and philanthropist shaped the culture in Sacramento from law and medicine to the arts and retailing, died on Dec. 6, 2012, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Marcy and Mort Friedman © UC Regents
Marcy and Mort Friedman

Per the Bee, ”

Friedman had been ill in recent years with progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disease, his family said.

Few movers and shakers in Sacramento have made as big a mark in as many areas of civic life as Friedman. He was a man of boundless energy and generosity, and his name regularly appeared on lists of the most influential people in the region.

With his wife of 57 years, Marcy, he built a fortune that they tapped freely to benefit the community. Their philanthropy included a $10 million donation that made them a driving force behind a major expansion of the Crocker Art Museum.

Friedman landed in Sacramento with a Stanford law degree in 1957 and within three years started a practice with partner Bill Collard. He made his reputation as a tenacious lawyer who won cases that made headlines and set precedents.

He was the lead attorney for plaintiffs in the 1972 Farrell’s disaster, which killed 22 people when a plane crashed into a Freeport Boulevard ice cream parlor. In 1984, he won $41 million for a 6-year-old boy who was paralyzed by a drug overdose at UC Davis Medical Center. He won millions of dollars for patients who sued Sutter Memorial Hospital in a 1979 operating-room sex scandal.

He argued cases that led to changes in state law, including a suit that gave owners of defective cars the right to sue the manufacturers as well as dealers. He filed lawsuits against hospitals that prodded reforms in care procedures. He trained lawyers who became top personal injury litigators.”

According to Jewish Week, ” Judaism was central to my father’s identity and persona,” said son Philip Friedman, who today serves as general counsel for AIPAC. “He always understood that to pass on the importance of Judaism, you do it not only by personal example, but also by being active in promoting Jewish institutions and causes.

Added Rabbi Reuven Taff of Mosaic Law Congregation, the synagogue Friedman twice served as president: “He was always a vivacious man who embodied the spirit of tikkun olam. He was a role model for everyone in this community.”

Friedman was born in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Russian immigrants who wound up in the Great Plains. As a child, he helped out in his father’s general store. Though not especially religious, every fall the family would travel to Sioux City, Iowa, the closest town with a big enough Jewish population to celebrate the High Holy Days.

A gifted athlete, Friedman attended the University of Michigan to play football, but soon realized he did not have what it took to excel on the gridiron. So he moved West, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business and a graduate degree in law, both from Stanford University.

While there, he met Marcy Lichter. The two married in 1955, and after a short stint as a lawyer in Fresno, Friedman moved with his wife to Sacramento, where he would spend the rest of his life. The couple had three sons.

As an attorney, he often represented victims of corporate or medical negligence. According to the Sacramento Bee, he would sometimes juggle as many as 300 cases at a time.

Friedman parlayed his earnings as a lawyer into shrewd real estate developments, some of which became Sacramento’s most successful investments, including the Arden Fair Mall and Town & Country Village.

After Friedman died, the Bee ran a staff editorial headlined “Morton Friedman did much good for his adopted home of Sacramento.” In addition, a columnist wrote a piece headlined “Sacramento sadly lacking lions like Mort Friedman,” using words such as “indispensable” and “powerhouse” to describe him.

Charity work, especially in the Jewish community, was one of Friedman’s great passions. He served on the national boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, making many trips to Israel over the years.

“He felt strongly about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Philip Friedman said. “Growing up in South Dakota, he understood Israel’s own isolation, and having become a mature adult shortly after the horrors of the Holocaust, he really vowed to give meaning to the term, ‘never again.’ ”

Sources @:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/06/5034725/obituary-morton-friedman-led-sacramento.html

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/67245/morton-friedman-lion-of-sacramento-community-role-model-dies-at-80/

 

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

UC Davis MIND Institute

 

 

 

 

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

TIMELINE 2006: See CPAs on Bikes as Murietans Aaron and Alison Turner Raise Funds for UC Davis MIND Institute (TLR Note: Published to establish early relationship between Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman – chief fund raiser for MIND – and Alison Turner who assumed control of CaliforniaALL when it moved to 1600H)

The same intrepid group that cycled over a thousand miles from Vancouver, Canada, to Mendocino in 2004 is picking up where they left off and pedaling 850 miles from Mendocino to Tijuana, Mexico, in 10 days.

The 2004 trip was inspired by Murietan Kathy Somerton, a cancer survivor, and raised $105,000 for the Sutter Cancer Center. This time, the goal is to raise $125,000 to benefit the cancer center and also the UC Davis MIND Institute, to help raise awareness of developmental disorders such as autism.

The Van-to-Cino Ride Group now numbers 19, including all the original members and a few new ones. Of the nine Murieta members, there are six cyclists — Kathy and Larry Somerton, Aaron Turner, Jim Pryor, Richard Dubey and Tom Landwehr. Murietans Bev and Floyd Lumen and Julie Pryor are part of the support team.

Just as she did two years ago, Julie Pryor is providing RanchoMurieta.com readers with daily updates on the trip, which takes the group through Bodega Bay, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Cambria, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and San Clemente as they make their way down the coast. The group arrived in Mendocino June 19 to begin the journey that will conclude June 30 in Tijuana.

The group began the trip with pledges of $97,000 towards their goal. Donations can be made to Sutter Cancer Center and to UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

Within walking distance of our Coast Hotel in Santa Cruz, we had a fabulous dinner at Casablanca Restaurant. Joining us were Tom Landwehr and Rob Wallace, who will be just beginning their ride with us starting tomorrow. Also along for a couple of days were Aaron’s wife, Alison…

Please see sources @:

http://www.ranchomurieta.com/localnews/biketrip0606.html

AND @:

http://www.calis.com/~clothcat/localnews/biketrip0604.html

 

Developing story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/17/update-correction-larissa-parecki-alison-turner-of-alison-turner-associates-gilles-attia-fulcrum-property-s-mark-friedman-howard-dickstein-jeanni-15439103/

 

 

 

 

TIMELINE – November 2009 : UC Davis MIND Institute Gets $12 Million Grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The University of California Davis MIND Institute will receive $12 million in stimulus funds to study autism and other disorders, the university announced Monday.

The funding, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used over the next two years to investigate childhood risks of autism due to genetics and the environment, an autism phenome project that is one of the nation’s largest studies of the disorder, and several other studies.

Please continue @:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2009/11/02/daily11.html

TIMELINE April 2010: Marjorie Solomon of UC Davis MIND Institute Appointed to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (TLR Note: Article doesn’t mention Marjorie Solomon PhD — spouse of Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman who raised funds for both Barack Obama / MIND Institute, at times, under questionable circumstances)

Some very exciting news from the UC Davis Mind Institute:

UC DAVIS

Marjorie Solomon, a nationally known autism researcher there was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the department related to autism spectrum disorders.

Solomon, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine, was appointed as an advisory public member. In this role she will participate as a representative of a leading research, advocacy and service organization for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Solomon and other new IACC members were welcomed by Sebelius during a full committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I am very excited to be appointed to this important committee charged with helping determine strategic funding priorities for autism research. I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote good policy and smart decisions that have a longstanding, positive impact on the welfare of all people with autism throughout their life spans,” Solomon said.

Source @:

http://blog.sfgate.com/lshumaker/2010/05/01/autism-news-mind-institutes-marjorie-solomon-appointed-to-national-autism-committee/

AND @:

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23300

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

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

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

Source @:

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

calall

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

Addendum to UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees — Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property [TLR Note: MF – confederate of Howard Dickstein, although not as conniving /conspiratorial;regretfully, skepticism in re Alison Turner; extended family (i.e. Mr. Mort Friedman) to UC Davis what Goldmans to UC Berkeley]

Mark Friedman is a Sacramento business leader and a dedicated UC Davis donor and volunteer. He is a member of the School of Education’s Board of Advisors and has served on the board of trustees of the UC Davis Foundation. Friedman is a member of the Campaign Cabinet, a group of volunteer leaders who are providing guidance to the university during The Campaign for UC Davis
Photo: Friedman standing with whimsical sculpturesMark Friedman, a UC Davis supporter and the president of Fulcrum Property, among his art collection in his midtown Sacramento office. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Why do you choose to support the university through your philanthropic gifts and your volunteerism?

The answer is simple: UC Davis presents the greatest hope and the greatest power to make our region more interesting, more exciting and more prosperous. When I look around the country at other communities that took great leaps forward, that found a way to reach a higher trajectory, it has often been the intellectual property of the university that generated new prosperity. Think of the computer industry and Silicon Valley, or the development along Route 128 in Boston. Think of the research triangle in Raleigh-Durham or the Mission Bay development in San Francisco. In each case it was the power of the ideas and creativity generated on campus that moved the region forward.

Please continue @:

http://ucdavismagazine.ucdavis.edu/issues/su11/giving.html

 
Philanthropy: Mort and Marcy Friedman, please see @:

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/2010-2011/12/20101222_mind_Friedmans.html

 

TLR’s related story, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/05/31/jessica-s-journey-thunder-valley-casino-reputation-at-stake-jerry-brown-s-neighbors-of-dickstein-friedman-opper-elmets-in-the-j-street-gang-of-gr-13784581/

 

 

List of UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees (TLR Note: Notice names of Mr. Gilles Attia of DLA Piper, Chairman McKay of Yocha Dehe/ Cache Creek Casino, Ms. Peoples of Boyd Family Foundation ; Girardi’s Boyd Gaming?)

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Bruce C. Edwards ’60
  • Vice Chair: Michael Child ’76
  • Immediate Past Chair: Kevin M. Bacon ’72
  • Audit Committee Chair: Anne P. Gray
  • Development Committee Chair: Paul A. Sallaberry ’79
  • Finance and Investment Committee Chair: Eamonn F. Dolan ’83
  • Nominating Committee Chair: Bruce W. Bell ’85
  • At Large Members: Diane Fiddyment and Douglas “Doug” Muhleman ’77, M.S. ’79

Board members

  • Reza Abbaszadeh, D.D.S.
    President and CEO
    Premier Access Insurance Company
  • Gilles Attia
    Managing Partner
    DLA Piper
  • Kevin M. Bacon ’72
    Former Vice President/Partner
    IBM Business Consulting Services
    Visiting Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas At Austin
  • Bruce W. Bell ’85
    Principal
    B&Z Properties
  • Guy Benstead ’81
    Partner, Managing Member and Chief Compliance Officer
    Cedar Ridge Partners, LLC
  • Stephen F. Boutin, J.D. ’72
    Co-Founder and Principal
    Boutin Jones Inc.
  • Timothy Bucher ’86
    CEO and Founder
    Tastingroom.com
  • Davis W. Campbell, M.A.’68
    Former Executive Director
    California Institute for School Improvement
  • Michael W. Chapman, ’58 M.D.
    Professor Emeritus/ Chairman Emeritus
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    UC Davis Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Child ’82
    Financial Advisor
    Oshman Family Office
  • Michael Child
    Senior Advisor
    TA Associates
  • John Chuck, M.D.
    Family Physician
    Permanente Medical Group
  • Frederick P. Corson, ’64 Ph.D. ’67
    Former Vice President, Research and Development
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Lois Crowe, Ph.D. ’75
    Former Research Biophysicist
    University of California, Davis
  • Reno Cruz, Jr. ’74
    Former Chief Operating Officer
    Kloeckner-KHS AG
  • Diana Cusumano ’67
    President and Owner
    Interior Dimensions Inc.
  • James C. Davis
    President
    Chevron Energy Solutions
  • Eamonn Dolan ’83
    Former Chief Investment Officer
    C.M. Capital (CMC)
  • Richard C. Dorf, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Graduate School of Management
    UC Davis
  • Sundeep Dugar, Ph.D. ’84
    President/CEO/Founder
    Sphaera Pharma Pte.Ltd.
  • Bruce Edwards ’60
    Private Investor
  • Christian P. Erdman ’88
    Private Investor
    Director/Trustee
    Frank H. Eva B. Buck Foundation
    Carol Franc Buck Foundation
  • Victor “Vic” Fazio
    Senior Advisor
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Diane Fiddyment
    President Emeritus
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay
  • Anne Gray
    Former Director of Program and Budget Planning
    UC Davis Planning and Budget Office
  • David Hardie
    Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
    Hallador Investment Advisors Inc.
  • Kent A. Humber,’74 D.V.M. ’82
    Veterinarian
  • Mohini Jain
    President and Founder
    Mohini Jain Family Foundation
    Former High School Teacher
  • Joseph “Joe” W. Lin, Ph.D. ’75
    Former professor
    Viticulture and Enology, and Pomology
    UC Davis
  • Robert L. Lorber, Ph.D. ’69, M.A. ’71
    President
    The Lorber Kamai Consulting Group
  • Marshall McKay
    Tribal Chairman
    Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
  • Douglas “Doug” J. Muhleman, ’77, M.S. ’79
    Former Group Vice President of Brewing, Operations and Technology Anheuser-Busch Inc.
    Chairman and CEO Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC
  • Carol E. Parker
    Community Volunteer
    Board Member, San Jose Museum of Art & American Cancer Society
  • Mary Ann Peoples
    President and Trustee
    Boyd Family Foundation
  • Ann E. Pitzer ’58
    Trustee
    Pitzer Family Foundation
  • Paul Sallaberry ’79
    Former Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations
    Veritas Software Corps.
  • Roy Shlemon
    Consulting Geologist
    Roy J. Shlemon & Associates
  • Jeff Traum ’85
    Executive Director, Wealth Management Portfolio Management Director
    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Elena “Lin” Weaver
    Software Developer and Radio Producer
  • Henry Wirz ’73
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    SAFE Credit Union

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Volunteer Advisors

  • J. Terry Eager
    Partner (retired)
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Bert Feuss ’84
    Vice President, Investments
    Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Greg Houck ’83
    Managing Director & Limited Partner
    Brandes Investment Partners
  • Joncarlo Mark ’92, M.B.A. ’00
    Founder
    Upwelling Capital Group LLC
  • Skip Wise ’85, M.A.D. ’89
    Principal and Co-Founder
    Galileo Planning Group

Ex-officio Trustees

  • Linda P.B. Katehi
    Chancellor
  • Shaun Keister
    Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations
    President, UC Davis Foundation
  • Paul Prokop
    Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Development
    Interim Secretary, UC Davis Foundation
  • Isabella M. Corbin
    Executive Director, Administrative Services
    Treasurer, UC Davis Foundation
  • Betty C. Chapman
    Chair, Health System Leadership Council
  • Chuck Nichols ‘83
    President, CAAA
  • Ramak Siadatan ‘99, M.B.A. ‘03
    Vice President, CAAA
  • Robert Murphy ‘63
    Chair, Davis Chancellor’s Club
  • Bruno L. Nachtergaele
    Chair, Academic Senate
  • Larry N. Vanderhoef
    Chancellor Emeritus

Source @:

http://giving.ucdavis.edu/ways-to-give/uc-davis-foundation/trustees.html

Semi-Conscious Man Found In Yolo County

On Tuesday, January 8 12, 2013 at about 6:30 A.M.,  Yolo County emergency medical services responded to a report of a semi-conscious man lying on the ground, next to a walking trail.

According to YR, “it was a cold and foggy , and I have noticed an object on the ground ahead of me; as I got closer I realized that it was actually a person lying on his back.  Since the trail leads to a nearby park, my first reaction was to think the person was probably a sleeping transient.  However, just as I was about to go around him, I observed what appears to be  a “clean-looking” teenager who was barely breathing.  I immediately caused a call to 911, and proceeded to try to wake the teenager by gently shaking and speaking to him. He responded to neither.”

“At this point, while I was on the phone with the 911 operator, I noticed that foam begun to accumulate at one side of his mouth.  Luckily,  just as I was about to ask the operator what needs to be done, the paramedics arrived,”  YR stated.

“I have been told that the teenager is actually a  27-year-old man of Woodland, and that he  was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center,” YR continued.

“Looking back, I should have called 911 a couple of minutes before I did by not deliberating whether I risk wasting our community’s precious emergency resources,” YR lamented.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

Contents

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

Meet California Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partial List of Directors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Voice of OC ‘s James Brosnahan — Former Mentor to United States Department of Justice’s Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West — Hereby Asked to Comment on Connection Between Voice of OC and Kinde Durkee as Exposed by YR

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)


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)

 

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.

*Links and photos inserted by The Leslie Brodie Report.

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

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

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

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

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August 7, 2012

 

Dear Justice Miller,

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard

Director, Alliance of California Judges

 

Source:

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

 

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

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

Dear Ms. Kim:

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF MAIN ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FORTUITOUS DISCOVERY OF CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

 

Barak Lurie of Lurie & Park (Spouse of Stacey Heller, Son of Prominent Editorial Cartoonist Ranan Lurie) Hereby Asked to Admit or Deny Matters Re: DOJ’s Tony West, Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Thomas Girardi, Haim Saban

Admit that your name is Barak Lurie.

Admit your better half is Stacey Heller.

Admit or deny that in 2008, United States Department of Justice third-in-command Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young, CaliforniaALL’ Kamala Harris, as well as others conspired to embezzle and did in fact embezzle around $780,000.00 from the California Bar Foundation, via CaliforniaALL, to benefit “Obama for America.”

 

Admit that your father Ra’Anan Luria (AKA Ranan Lurie) has been described as “the Cartoon-Caesar”, “the king of American political cartoonists.”

Admit that around 2007-2008 Sir James J. Brosnahan was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Derek Anthony West AKA D. Anthony West AKA Tony West. was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Chris J. Young was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Annette Carnegie was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit the self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” is non other than Sir James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Tony West served as Co-Chair of “Obama for America” California Finance Committee.

 

Admit that around 2007-2008 Chris J. Young served as “Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Kamala Harris served as California Chair of “Obama for America”

 


Mr. Jeffrey Bleich, US Ambassador to Australia who was asked to resign amid national security concerns, please see HERE

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffrey Bleich founded and Co-Chaired “Obama for America”‘s National Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Annette Carnegie was a director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffery Bleich served as president of the State Bar of California and as director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster created non-profit entity CaliforniaALL..

Admit that pursuant to a conspiracy to defraud the public (by omission and otherwise) neither the California Bar Foundation “Newsroom,” nor the California Bar Journal ever acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed. (see below)

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

Admit that Mr. Mario Camara served as president of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that Ms. Leslie Hatamiya served as executive-director of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer of whopping $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) and California Attorney General (Ms. Kamala Harris) were part of CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

Admit that between 2008 – 2009 CaliforniaALL was housed Pro-Bono at the Law Offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. (see below)

 

dla

 

Admit that CaliforniaALL represented to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that in 2008 it had an expesne of $ 16, 457.00 for “Occupancy.”

 

Occupancy 990 of California ALL

 

Admit that CaliforniaALL funneled funds to the UCI Foundation, where executive-director of the State Bar of California — Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn — serves as member of the audit committee.

 

Senator Joseph Dunn

 

Admit that the UCI Foundation allegedly used the money to launch SALUCI — Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine around 2009. (see below)

 

SAL Our Work

 

Admit that Sarah Redfield alleges that between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law “SALUCI” at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

 

Admit the below photo was taken on January 24, 2007 during SALUCI visit to the Law Office of Allen Matkins.

 

 

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) TLR intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of SALUCI.

Admit the below photo below was taken in 2005, when SALUCI group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

 

UCI SAL

 

Admit that once created, CaliforniaALL hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as executive-director. (see below)

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

Admit that around 2007-09 Ruthe Catolico Ashley was involved in various activities in connection with Obama for America (see below)

Ruthe Catolico Ashley ; CaliforniaALL; Obama for America

 

 

Admit that subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL begun slowly but surely to dissolve itself.

 

Admit that in September of 2009, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL.

Ruthe Ashley Letter of Resignation

 

Admit that the current president of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — is African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jon Streeter (similar to Tony West, Kamala Harris, Jeffrey Bleich, and Chris Young) was also raising funds for “Obama for America.”

Admit that on June 2, 2007 Tony West, Chris Young, Jeffrey Bleich, Jim Brosnahan, and Jon Streeter (as well as Jon Streeter’s spouse, Dorine) hosted a fundraising on behalf of “Obama for America.” (see below)

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

Admit that subsequent to his employment with Morrison & Foerster and “Obama for America,” Chris J. Young commenced employment with Keker & Van Nest.

Admit John Keker prosecuted Oliver North.

Admit that you are a friend of Haim Saban.

Admit that one Tom Layton is a friend of Tom Girardi.

Tom Layton and Thomas Girardi - Copy
Mr. Thomas Girardi, President-Elect of IALA (far left) enjoys an authentic dinner, friendship and comradery during an IALA event. The gentleman at the center of the photo is Tom Layton — an investigator and an employee of State Bar of California.

Admit Mr. Girardi served as the president of IALA — Italian American Lawyers Association.

Admit IALA’s objective #3 (below) is improper, grammatically  and otherwise.

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Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) was part of CaliforniaALL – which was in partnership agreement with the State Bar of California.

Admit that both United States District Court Judge Hon. Morrison England and his spouse Torie Flournoy-England were part of CaliforniaALL.

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

Admit that once UC Davis quadriplegic law-student Sarah Granda filed a suit in federal court against the State Bar of California, neither the State Bar of California nor Judge Morrison England (who dismissed Granda’s case) disclosed to Granda the enmeshment between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson, Hon. Morrison England, and Torie Flournoy England.

Admit that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (YR) had filed an ethics complaint in connection with the failure to disclose potential conflicts of interests to plaintiff Granda against Judy Johnson, Mark Torres-Gil, Larry Yee, Holly Fujie, and Rachel Grunberg.

In fact, admit that YR exposed the entire scheme known as CaliforniaALL.

Admit that all your admissions and inquiries, if any, may be sent to yoloanrabbi@gmail.com and NOT to lesliebrodie@gmx.com.

Admit that Howard Dickstein is a member of J Street.

Admit that Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest pressed criminal charges against YR with the Yolo County District Attorney (“Jeff Reisig”) alleging the ethics complaint was “false and malicious.”

Deny that the complaint was “false and malicious”

Admit that 143 days ago the Yolo County DA executed a search at the home of YR confiscating all materials relating to CaliforniaALL.

Admit the Yolo County DA never returned said materials back to YR.

Admit that Tom Layton was part of the crew which  invaded YR place of residence.

Admit that since State Bar of California employees Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee were part of CaliforniaALL, the claim by Jill Sperber that “The State Bar had no involvment with CaliforniaALL once it was incoparated and operating” is false.

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of California

 

Admit that it was YR who also exposed the scheme Girardi & Keese’s defense lawyer Jerome Falk of Howard Rice was appointed as “special prosecutor” to examine misconduct by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi known as the matter of In Re Girardi.

 

Admit that subsequent to the appointment of Tony West as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and once his name appeared for the first time on The Leslie Brodie Report as potential wrongdoer, Keker & Van Nest immediately removed the name of Chris J. Young from its web-site.

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

Admit that the California Bar Foundation recently appointed Sonia Gonzales as its new executive-director as the prior executive-director had abruptly quit.

Admit that the spouse of Tony West (Ms. Maya Harris) is a former co-worker and close friend of Sonia Gonzales.

Admit that Mr. Willie Brown had stated that he is the mentor of Tony West.

Admit that Willie Brown is the ex-paramour of Tony West’s sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.


(L-R) John Keker, Kamala Harris, Maya Harris, Tony West and Willie Brown. John Keker is a long time mentor of Kamala Harris who is the sister of Maya Harris who is married to Tony West who is “mentee” of Willie Brown who is Kamala Harris’ former paramour.

Admit that John Keker is a long time mentor of Kamala Harris who is the sister of Maya Harris who is married to Tony West who is “mentee” of Willie Brown who is Kamala Harris’ former paramour.

In fact, admit that as matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance that around 2007-2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James J. Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young (later of Keker & Van Nest) , Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie conspired with Jeffrey Bleich and Kamala Harris to embezzle and did in fact embezzle around $780,000.00 from the California Bar Foundation, via CaliforniaALL, to benefit “Obama for America.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore, Howard Dickstein’s Spouse, Proxies of Democratic Party Operatives John Keker /Joe Cotchett, Silk-Mafia Godfather, Fraudster Susan Friery’s Ex Partner Are All Set to Vote on New State Bar of California President Amid Controversy

Members of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees (formerly known as the Board of Governors) will be casting ballots today to elect a new State Bar of California president.

According to California Bar Journal, the Board of Trustees will vote by secret ballot to determine whether Wells Lyman, Patrick Kelly or Loren Kieve will succeed Jon Streeter as president.

“There were so many problems when I was on the board that first year,” said Lyman, a past president of the San Diego County and Foothills bar associations who is in his third year on the Board of Trustees. “I’ve just seen the board move towards such progress that I want to be involved in it and see it through.”

“Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman — proxy of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; Gretchen Nelson of Kreindler & Kreindler — former business partner of fraudster Susan Friery; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and proxy of Democratic Party operative John Keker are among twenty-one members eligible to vote.

The casting of ballots comes on the heels of growing controversy surrounding embattled Streeter and attorney Chris Young — both of Keker & Van Nest. 

As public service to the community, TLR publishes an ethics complaint YR  recently submitted naming John Keker, Jon Streeter and Chris Young, below:

 

RE: ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CHRIS YOUNG ( # 239518) ; JON STREETER (#101970) ; JOHN KEKER (# 49092)

Dear Ms. Kim:

Please register a formal ethics complaint against Keker & Van Nest attorneys Chris Young (# 239518), Jon Streeter ( # 101970), and John Keker (# 49092) for conspiring to defraud myself and others through a failed attempt to conceal attorney Chris Young’s current employment with Keker & Van Nest.

Not surprisingly, just as I managed to unearth the potential involvement of Tony West in the scheme known as CaliforniaALL, respondents quickly arranged for the removal of Young’s profile from the web site of Keker & Van Nest (KVN.COM). Even to date, official records of The State Bar of California reflect that Chris Young is associated with Keker & Van Nest. However, this representation is not in agreement with misleading records found on KVN.COM.

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

In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, respondents were clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8. Specifically, similar to Tony West, Mr. Young was associated with Morrison & Foerster, as well as serving as Obama for America, Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

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 Streeter) 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 (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 Tony 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.

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

1. An overall desire by Keker & Van Nest and respondents to suppress the truth concerning Young’s past involvement with Obama for America, Morrison & Foerster, and CaliforniaALL. Including , but not limited to, Jon Streeter own potential misconduct as “bundler” for Obama for America.

2. A specific desire by respondent Streeter and members of the Board of Governors to suppress the truth in order to cover-up their own misconduct.

Please note that pursuant to specific instructions and representations made by your office, this complaint is submitted through the use of electronic mail. In the event a new policy was implemented, please let me know ASAP, that I shall submit the complaint through the use of traditional mail.

Thank you for your time.

 

Tani Cantil-Sakauye – Madam Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court – Hereby Asked to Admit or Deny Matters RE: Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Kamala Harris, Jeffrey Bleich, DOJ’s Tony West ; Jon Streeter, Yolo County Judge David Rosenbeg

Admit that your name is Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye AKA Tani Cantil-Sakauye AKA Tani Cantil.

Admit that you presently serve as the 28th Chief Justice of California.

 Ruthe Ashley

Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley (Image:courtesy photo)

Admit that one Ruthe Catolico Ashley of Sacramento, California (shown above) has been a close friend of yours for many years.

Admit that you are also a close personal friend of former crack-addict Mike Nisperos and spouse Eleanor O. Nisperos —  a legal legend in the Philipino-American community.

Admit that the Supreme Court of NMI ordered Eleanor O. Nisperos to cease practicing law and commenced disciplinary proceedings against her for practicing law without a license. 

See @: http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/09/21/po-9415183/

Admit that around 2007-09 Ruthe Catolico Ashley was involved in various activities in connection with Obama for America (see below)

Ruthe Catolico Ashley ; CaliforniaALL; Obama for America

 

Admit that around 2007-2008 Ruthe Catolico Ashley served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (“BOG”).

Admit that while serving as BOG member your friend Ruthe Catolico Ashley proposed the creation of CaAAL later known as CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

 

Admit that once created, CaliforniaALL hired your friend Ruthe Catolico Ashley as executive-director. (see below)

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

 

Admit that once CaliforniaALL was established, the California Bar Foundation (a foundation maintained by the State Bar of California — an “arm” of the California Supreme Court)  funneled  a whopping $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.


 

Admit that pursuant to a conspiracy to defraud the public (by omission and otherwise) neither the California Bar Foundation “Newsroom,” nor the California Bar Journal ever acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed. (see below)

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

Admit that Mr. Mario Camara served as president of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that Ms. Leslie Hatamiya served as executive-director of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer of  whopping $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

Admit that your friend Ruthe Catolico Ashley was part of said conspiracy to conceal the transfer of funds from the public pursuant to a pre-existing agreement to misuse said funds.

Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) and California Attorney General (Ms. Kamala Harris) were part of CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffery Bleich served as president of the State Bar of California and as director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster created non-profit entity CaliforniaALL. (see below)

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Admit that between 2008 – 2009 CaliforniaALL was housed Pro-Bono at the Law Offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. (see below)

 

dla

 

Admit that CaliforniaALL represented to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that in 2008 it had an expesne of $ 16, 457.00 for “Occupancy.”

 

Occupancy 990 of California ALL

 

Admit that around 2007-2008 Sir James J. Brosnahan was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Derek Anthony West AKA D. Anthony West AKA Tony West. was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Chris J. Young was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Annette Carnegie was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that the self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” is non other than Sir James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Tony West served as Co-Chair of “Obama for America” California Finance Committee.

 

 

Admit that around 2007-2008 Chris J. Young served as “Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Kamala Harris served as California Chair of “Obama for America”

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffrey Bleich founded and Co-Chaired “Obama for America”‘s National Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Annette Carnegie was a director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffery Bleich served as president of the State Bar of California and as director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that CaliforniaALL funneled funds to the UCI Foundation, where executive-director of the State Bar of California — Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn — serves as member of the audit committee.

 

Senator Joseph Dunn

 

Admit that the UCI Foundation allegedly used the money to launch SALUCI — Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine around 2009. (see below)

 

SAL Our Work

 

Admit that Sarah Redfield alleges that between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law “SALUCI”  at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

 

Admit the below photo was taken on January 24, 2007 during SALUCI visit to the Law Office of Allen Matkins.

 

 

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) TLR intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of SALUCI.

Admit the below photo below was taken in 2005, when SALUCI group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

 

UCI SAL

 

Admit that subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL begun slowly but surely to dissolve itself.

Admit that in September of 2009, your friend Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL.

Ruthe Ashley Letter of Resignation

Admit that the current president of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — is African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jon Streeter (similar to Tony West, Kamala Harris, Jeffrey Bleich, and Chris Young) was also raising funds for “Obama for America.”

Admit that on June 2, 2007 Tony West, Chris Young, Jeffrey Bleich, Jim Brosnahan, and Jon Streeter (as well as Jon Streeter’s spouse, Dorine) hosted a fundraising on behalf of “Obama for America.” (see below)

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

 

Admit that subsequent to his employment with Morrison & Foerster and “Obama for America,” Chris J. Young commenced employment with Keker & Van Nest.

 

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

 

 

Admit that subsequent to the appointment of Tony West as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and once his name appeared for the first time on The Leslie Brodie Report as potential wrongdoer, Keker & Van Nest immediately removed the name of Chris J. Young from its web-site.

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

Admit that the California Bar Foundation recently appointed Sonia Gonzales as its new executive-director as the prior executive-director had abruptly quit.

Admit that the spouse of Tony West (Ms. Maya Harris) is a former co-worker and close friend of Sonia Gonzales.

Admit that Mr. Willie Brown had stated that he is the mentor of Tony West.

Admit that Willie Brown is the ex-paramour of Tony West’s sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.

Admit that John Keker of Keker & Van Nest is the mentor of Kamala Harris.

Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) was part of CaliforniaALL –  which was in partnership agreement with the State Bar of California.

Admit that both United States District Court Judge Hon. Morrison England and his spouse Torie Flournoy-England were part of CaliforniaALL.

Admit that once UC Davis quadriplegic law-student Sarah Granda filed a suit in federal court against the State Bar of California, neither the State Bar of California nor Judge Morrison England (who dismissed Granda’s case) disclosed to Granda the enmeshment between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson, Hon. Morrison England, and Torie Flournoy England.

Admit that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (YR) had filed an ethics complaint in connection with the failure to disclose potential conflicts of interests to plaintiff Granda.

Admit that the president of the State Bar of California (Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest) pressed criminal charges with the Yolo County District Attorney (on behalf of the entire BOG) alleging the complaint advanced by YR was “false and malicious.”

Admit that the Yolo County District Attorney executed a search warrant at the home of YR (who unearthed the scheme known as CaliforniaALL)  by  which materials related to the above mentioned ethics complaint were seized, as well as all materials relating to CaliforniaALL.

Admit that you are a member of California’s Judicial Council.

Admit that Hon. Dave Rosenberg is the presiding judge of Yolo County Superior Court.

Admit that Hon. Dave Rosenberg is a member of California’s Judicial Council.

Admit that Hon. Dave Rosenberg is precieved by many as your “ally.”

Admit that one Ruthe Catolico Ashley of Sacramento, California has been a close friend of yours for many years.

Admit that you urged the president of the State Bar of California (Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest) to press criminal charges with the Yolo County District Attorney (on behalf of the entire BOG) alleging the complaint advanced by YR was “false and malicious.”

In fact, admit that around 2007-2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James J. Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young (later of Keker & Van Nest) , Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie conspired with Ruthe Catolico Ashley and Jeffrey Bleich to embezzle and did in fact embezzle around $780,000.00 from the California Bar Foundation, via CaliforniaALL, to benefit “Obama for America.”

 

Ruthe Catolico Ashley Hereby Asked to Admit Matters Re: Friend Tani Cantil Sakayue, Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg, Morrison & Foerster, DOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Obama for America, and CaliforniaALL – Part 1

: Ruthe Ashley

Ms. Ruth Catolico Ashley (Image:courtesy photo)

 

Admit that your name is Ruthe Catolico Ashley AKA Ruthe Ashley.

Admit that you are a close personal friend of California Chief Justice — The Honorable Tani Cantil – Sakayue.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (“BOG”).

Admit that around 2007-2008 also serving as BOG member was one Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Jeff Bleich).

Admit that while serving as BOG member you proposed the creation of  CaAAL later known as CaliforniaALL.

 

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

 

Admit that CaliforniaALL, once created, was in partnership with the State Bar of California. (see above image)

Admit that your friend Sarah E. Redfield served as “interim” executive-director of CaliforniaALL for a period of 6 month, and that you were hired as permanent  executive-director of CaliforniaALL pursuant to a  “nationwide search.”

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

 

Admit that once created the California Bar Foundation funneled $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.


 

 

Admit that pursuant to a conspiracy  to defraud the public by omission neither the California Bar Foundation “Newsroom,” nor the California Bar Journal ever acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed.

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

Admit that Mr. Mario Camara served as president of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that Ms. Leslie Hatamiya served as executive-director of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer.

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

 

Admit that you and Jeffrey Bleich were part of said conspiracy  to conceal the transfer of funds from the public pursuant to a pre-existing agreement to misuse said funds.

Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) was part of CaliforniaALL —  which was in partnership agreement with the State Bar of California.

Admit that both United States District Court Judge Hon. Morrison England and his spouse Torie Flournoy-England were part of CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

Admit that once UC Davis quadriplegic law-student Sarah Granda filed a suit in federal court against the State Bar of California, neither the State Bar of California nor Judge Morrison England (who dismissed Granda’s case) disclosed to Granda the enmeshment between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson, Hon. Morrison England, and Torie Flournoy England.

Admit that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (YR) had filed an ethics complaint in connection with the failure to disclose potential conflicts of interests to plaintiff Granda.

Admit that the president of the State Bar of California (Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest) pressed criminal charges with the Yolo County District Attorney (on behalf of the entire BOG) alleging the complaint advanced by YR was “false and malicious.”

Admit that the Yolo County District Attorney executed a search warrant at the home of YR by  which materials related to the above mentioned ethics complaint were seized, as well as all materials relating to CaliforniaALL.

Admit that the ethics complaint filed by YR was “false and malicious.”

Admit that it was Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California who had previously examined said ethics complaint advanced by YR.

 

 

 

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of California

 

 

Admit that Judicial Council member Dave Rosenberg serves as the presiding judge in Yolo County.

Admit that Judge Dave Rosenberg, Howard Dickstein, and CJ Cantil boast connections to the gambling industry.

Admit that Judge Dave Rosenberg is a confederate of your friend CJ Tani Cantil Sakayue.

 

 

 

President of the State Bar of California — KVN’s Jon Streeter – Hereby Asked to Admit Failure to Inform Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Re: Involvement of KVN’s Chris Young with CaliforniaALL In Connection with Criminal Complaint Re Sara Granda

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story; State Bar of California President – Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter — is hereby asked by The Leslie Brodie Report to admit failure to inform Jeff Reisig and the Yolo County District Attorney that an employee of Keker & Van Nest (Mr. Chris Young) was involved in the circumstances surrounding sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL while he was employed at Morrison & Foerster.

In addition, please admit that the criminal complaint you had filed with the Yolo County District Attorney (alleging that the ethics complaint in re Sara Granda was “false and malicious” and causing a search warrant to be executed in home of YR for the purpose of confiscating his computers) was in fact to hide your own misconduct, your firm’s misconduct, and Chris Young’s misconduct relating to prima facie showing Chris Young and DOJ’s Tony West were part of a scheme to embezzle funds from Cal Bar Foundation,  vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL, to the election campaign of Barack Obama.

For more about the execution of the sham search warrant, please see:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/06/in-letter-to-ninth-circuit-judges-c…

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Ethics complaint filed against Mark Torres-Gil, Larry Yee, and Rachel Grunberg in connection with UC Davis law student Sarah Granda, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/06/california-all-part-13-a-judge-and-…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/01/californiaall-part-13-c-ethics-comp…

 

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Moreover, please admit or deny that the recent abrupt removal of Chris Young’s name from your firm’s website was an act in furtherance of the concpiracy to abstruct justice, see below:

 

Keker & Van Nest’s web site mysteriously does not list the name of Chris Young as a lawyer who is associated with the firm, see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still embloyed by KVN, below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

 

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Prima facie showing of scheme to embezzle funds From Cal Bar Foundation vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL to campaign of Barack Obama, see below:

 

 

Tony West, Chris Young


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm. Similar to Tony West, Young is under scrutiny in connection with events surrounding both Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


CaliforniaALL — entity created by Morrison & Foerster obtained “hush-hush” sub-rosa award of $774,247 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California (AKA California Bar Foundation)

Cal Bar Tax

Mr. James J. Bronsnahan of Morrison & Foerster: “I was suddenly elevated from an infrequent contributor to Demo­cratic politicians to being the mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)
Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL. Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law; Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia. Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

 



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

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.

See below Cal Bar Foundation newsroom which makes no mention of the subrosa transfer of funds.

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines?” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

Serving on the board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) were State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, as well as Judy Johnson. See below:

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

MoFo Legal Counsel

Profile of The Honorable Marshall Mckay — Chairman, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Yolo County (TLR Note: Hon. Mckay Exposed Howard Dickstein as Greedy Fraudstaer; Behind Suit of Rumsey Vs. Dickstein; Luckily, Different Faith Than Jessica Tavares)

Marshall McKay

Chairman Marshall McKay leads the elected Tribal Council of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. He began his career in tribal government in 1984 and in January 2012 was re-elected to his third term as Chairman.

Born in Colusa, California, the Chairman grew up in Brooks near his present-day home in the Yocha Dehe tribal community. A cornerstone of his leadership is his commitment to cultural renewal and preservation, a focus he extends into education programs and sustainable land-use practices.

Chairman McKay oversees the day-to-day operations of the tribal government, the Tribe’s Cache Creek Casino Resort and its other business endeavors. He also serves as chair of the Community Fund Committee and Cache Creek Casino Resort Board, and is a member of the Fire Commission, Cultural Resources Committee, Property, Farm and Ranch Committee, Maintenance and Operations Committee, the Health and Wellness Committee, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy Board. Prior to being elected Chairman, he served as Tribal Treasurer and Tribal Secretary.

Chairman McKay is a board member of the UC Davis Foundation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Native American Rights Fund. He is also chairman of the board of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Please continue @:

http://www.yochadehe.org/tribal-government/marshall-mckay

 

Addendum to Howard Dickstein / Dave Rosenberg Re Cabal Seeks to Crucify Rabbi of Yolo Who Exposed Corruption Re: Fogel vs. Farmers Ninth Circuit’s In Re Girardi Geoffrey Brown Jeannine English CaliforniaALL Joe Dunn Voice of OC CCPF Sarah Granda

Addendum to Howard Dickstein / Dave Rosenberg  Ties In Re Seeking to Crucify Rabbi of Yolo County Who Exposed Corruption Re: Fogel vs. Farmers, Ninth Circuit’s In Re Girardi, Jeannine English, CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, Voice of OC, CCPF, UC Davis’s Sarah Granda)

Articles Re Yoloan Rabbi (“YR”)  exposing corruption:

Jeannine English,spouse of Howard Dickstein, who serves as “public member” of State Bar of California Board of Governors primarily to ensure that Howard Dickstein will not be disciplined by the agency, please see @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/07/12/state-bar-of-california-board-of-go…

AND

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/14/state-bar-of-california-board-of-go…

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State Bar of California mishandling of Ninth Circuit disciplinary matter of In Re Girardi, please see@:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/29/arnold-porter-s-douglas-winthrop-in…

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Fogel vs. Farmers Group, Inc, please see @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/04/05/ethics-complaint-filed-with-califor…

AND @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/08/fogel-vs-farmers-group-settlement-i…

AND @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/10/25/austin-texas-based-joe-longley-info…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/08/17/objection-to-class-action-settlemen…

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State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn of  Voice of OC, CaliforniaALL, Geoffrey Brown,  in the myusterious trtansfer of 780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation, please see @:

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

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CCPF, Judy Johnson and Geoffrey Brown, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/01/02/california-consumer-protection-foun…

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UC davis law student Sarah Granda, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/01/californiaall-part-13-c-ethics-comp…

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Summary, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/06/in-letter-to-ninth-circuit-judges-c…

2008 – Article Re Controversial Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall (TLR Note:1-Judge Fall One Who Signed No PC Search Warrant Re: Sarah Granda Parties,Joe Dunn, Babcock,Hawley,and others; Subsequently, Derelict in Ensuring Compliance with Scope

In the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday morning, Deputy District Attorney James Walker actually started taking shots at Judge Fall.

“Walker claims that for years, Fall has been known as a judge who humiliates lawyers, jurors and witnesses in his courtroom and abuses his judicial authority.

“He has a history of berating attorneys for not being prepared or on time,” Walker said.

Most lawyers won’t criticize a judge openly because they fear retaliation, Walker said.

“But if people told the truth, they would tell you what a terrible judge he is,” the prosecutor contended.”

James Walker continues:

“Walker said he set his sights on Fall’s seat after the judge ruled against him in a murder trial, leading to a manslaughter conviction and a lighter sentence for a West Sacramento shotgun killer.

“That’s when I decided I was going to run against him,” Walker said.”

James Walker argues that it is the fact that Judge Fall hands down “light sentences” that has him seeking his spot on the bench.

Judge Fall has for the most part tried to avoid the mudslingling and has run on his record for the most part.

“Fall, meanwhile, said he’s appalled at Walker’s mudslinging and is unwilling to trade insults because of his judicial office.

Instead, Fall said, he has tried to run on his record.”

He did respond to Mr. Walker’s charges of leniency in the murder trial:

“As for the ruling against Walker in the murder case, Fall said he threw out the confession of the young defendant because it had serious problems, as an appellate court had noted in a previous ruling.

“If Mr. Walker disagreed with me, he could have taken me up on appeal,” Fall said. “He didn’t. The fact that he let my ruling stand without challenging it says a lot about who was right and who was wrong in that case.”

The race for Judge has been surprisingly interesting. Both men are Republicans. However, Tim fall seems to be more moderate than James Walker. Walker is a product of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and a career prosecutor. Tim Fall went to King Hall at UC Davis for law school while James Walker went to McGeorge law.

It is also interesting to see Judge Fall in pictures with fellow Judge Dave Rosenberg. You just do not see Judge’s in campaign brochures very often. This race bares watching as it heads into the final days.

 

 

Source, please see @:

 

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id…:yolo-county-judge-race-gets-down-and-dirty&catid=86:elections&Itemid=96

UC Davis School of Law’s Margaret Z. Johns Is Hereby Asked to Opine on Search Warrant Concerning Criminal Accusation Involving Ethics Complaint and Former Student Sara Granda

UC Davis School of Law’s Margaret Z. Johns Is Hereby Asked to Opine on Search Warrant Concerning Criminal Accusation Involving Ethics Complaint and Former Student Sara Granda, Below:

 

*Photos and links, by TLR and not part of original letter.

RE: NINTH CIRCUIT MATTER OF IN RE THOMAS GIRARDI ; U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE MORRISON C. ENGLAND; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA, JOE DUNN OF VOICE OF OC; JAMES BROSNAHAN OF MORRISON & FOERSTER; LAW OFFICES OF SKADDEN ARPS; HOLLY FUJIE

Dear Honorable Chief Judge Kozinski and Honorable Judges Berzon, Smith, Tashima, and Fletcher:

This is written to advise you of circumstances relating to the California State Bar’s handling of the matter of In re Girardi pursuant to an order issued by this Court.

By way of background, at the conclusion of the appeal in a civil case prosecuted by the firms of Girardi & Keese and Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack against Dole Food Company, Judge Kozinski issued an order to show cause why Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack should not be disbarred, suspended, or sanctioned for the attempt to defraud this Court for the purpose of unjustly collecting a $500 million judgment.

Representing Thomas Girardi in those disciplinary proceedings before this Court were the law firm of Skadden Arps and ethics expert Diane Karpman. Ms. Karpman asked this Court to appoint a special prosecutor, and the Court appointed Hastings Law School professor Rory Little.

Oral arguments ensued, during which one of the judges on the panel stated that the “elephant” in the room is the manner in which the matter would be developed by the State Bar of California.

Subsequently, this Court found both Girardi and Lack culpable, and imposed monetary sanctions, reprimanded Girardi, and suspended Lack. This Court also ordered Girardi and Lack to report its findings to the State Bar of California.

 


Judge William Fletcher, a member of the Ninth Circuit panel that adjudicated the matter of In re Girardi, 08-80090, rejected the lenient recommendations of Rory Little. He stated: “with any competent lawyer if you’re omitting part of a document, that is not accidental. That is intentional.” The court adjudicated that the grave misconduct by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi included “the persistent use of known falsehoods,” and that the “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

The day after this Court issued its ruling, respondents’ counsel moved to redact their names from the published decision, a motion this Court denied. (This issue will surface again, below.)

The State Bar of California assigned the matter to an outside special prosecutor (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) since Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese served as President of the State Bar, and had hired the Chief Trial counsel of the State Bar at the time, Mr. James Towery.

After conducting an interview with Walter Lack, Jerome Falk chose to not file any charges against Lack or Girardi based on his position that any false statements submitted were not “intentional.” This determination was contrary to findings made by this Court.

Within days of the issuance of Mr. Falk’s decision, I advanced an ethics complaint against James Towery, Jerome Falk, Howard Miller, and Douglas Winthrop, contending that it had been improper for Mr. Towery to select Jerome Falk (of Howard Rice) to serve as special prosecutor because, among other reasons, Howard Miller (of Girardi & Keese) had appointed Howard Rice’s managing partner (Douglas Winthrop) as president of the California Bar Foundation, a foundation owned, controlled, and maintained by the State Bar of California.

(Incidentally, while examining materials in connection with California Bar Foundation board members, including Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice, Holly Fujie of Buchalter Nemer, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster, and ex-CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown (cousin of governor Jerry Brown, I also unearthed disturbing events relating to a Section 501 entity known as CaliforniaALL involving many of the same individuals and related entities.)

 

 

The peculiar nature of the motion to redact the names of respondents’ counsel from the published decision of this Court prompted me to look into the matter further. I then discovered that, beginning in 2003, Girardi & Keese and Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack were prosecuting a class action case against Farmers Insurance Company, which was represented by Skadden Arps. This was a nationwide class action with estimated damages of close to $15 billion that had originally been filed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

I thereafter informed the Los Angeles County Superior Court (Judge William Highberger) of this information, and filed a State Bar ethics complaint against attorneys Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and Thomas Nolan and Raoul Kennedy of Skadden Arps because neither the class of plaintiffs (consisting of 14 million Americans), nor the courts (the Ninth Circuit in the matter of In Re Girardi and the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the matter of Fogel vs. Farmers) had been informed of the concurrent representation by which Skadden Arps represented Girardi & Keese (in the Ninth Circuit matter), while at the same time defending Farmers against Girardi and Keese’s clients (in the Fogel v. Farmers matter). (This background may help explain why Skadden Arps rushed to defend Thomas Girardi before the Ninth Circuit.)

Shortly after I filed this ethics complaint, Skadden Arps moved ex parte (which, not surprisingly, was unopposed) to amend the settlement agreement in the Fogel matter and the notice to the class of 14 million Americans throughout the country to include a proviso by which members of the class would be prohibited from suing anyone due to the concurrent representation described above. Nevertheless, the State Bar of California decided not to take any action on this ethics complaint.

In the meantime, I also discovered that during the period that Howard Miller, Douglas Winthrop, Holly Fujie of Buchalter Nemer, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster, and ex-CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown were serving as board members for the California Bar Foundation, a highly unusual financial transaction took place in which approximately $780,000 was quietly transferred, causing the California Bar Foundation to end the year in the red.

Upon further examination, I discovered that the money had been transferred to a newly-created Section 501(c)(3) non-profit entity (headed by a friend of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue — Ruthe Catolico Ashley) known as CaliforniaALL. In turn, CaliforniaALL funneled a large portion of the money to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn served as trustee.

 

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, the 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.

 

Various factors and evidence caused me to suspect that a significant portion of the funds transferred from the California Bar Foundation ended up financing a newly-created online publication which Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster; this online publication is known as “Voice of OC.”

Those factors include, but are not limited to, the fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – Morrison & Foerster’s Susan MacCormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation; and BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi also assisted Joe Dunn in establishing Voice of OC.

While James Brosnahan and Thomas Girardi served as members of the Voice of OC board of directors, for unknown reasons they subsequently chose to quit.

Based on my concerns, I requested that Voice of OC provide me with copies of its IRS 990 forms. Voice of OC did not comply with applicable IRS regulation in that it failed to reply to my request for copies of its 990 forms submitted to the IRS, whereupon I filed a complaint against Voice of OC and Joe Dunn with the IRS.

Also in connection with CaliforniaALL, I have advanced a judicial misconduct complaint against Judge Morrison England since State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, Judge England, his wife (Torie Flournoy-England), and State Bar of California employee Patricia Lee were all members of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors and/or advisory council. The basis for that complaint was these individuals’ failure to inform plaintiff Sara Granda — who had filed an action in federal court naming the State Bar of California as a sole defendant that was heard by Judge Morrison England — of these facts.

California ALL DLA Piper Reception
On January 27, 2009 DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Bottom (left to right): Ruthe Ashley; Judge Morrison England and Mrs. Torie Flournoy-England; Ruthe Ashley, Gilles Attia, News 10 Presenter Sharon Ito, and Assembly-member Mike Davis. Top right is Karina Hamilton. Mike Davis, an ally of former assembly-member Gwen Moore and Karen Bass, is the vice-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.

Specifically, without informing plaintiff Granda of his relationship with Judy Johnson (the State Bar’s Executive Director) vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL and either obtaining a waiver from this plaintiff or independently recusing himself, Judge England summarily dismissed Ms. Granda’s complaint against the California State Bar. Fortunately for Ms. Granda, several days later then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger championed her cause and pressured the California Bar to accommodate her needs.

Unfortunately, the Clerk of the Ninth Circuit rejected my complaint against Judge England claiming, incorrectly, that I did not comply with a requirement to insert wording to the effect that I understand that irrespective of the complaint, the outcome of the underlying case will not be affected. At that point, I chose not to resubmit the complaint against Judge England.

My discovery concerning Jerome Falk (specifically, that Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack were clients of his firm) occurred only a few months ago, and my plan was to approach the Ninth Circuit to request either that the Court reopen the matter of In Re Girardi or that it appoint a special prosecutor to determine what, if any, ethical violations transpired.

However, in a shocking turn of events, I was recently served with a search warrant while at home. Six investigators from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (some of them armed) arrived at my home on February 23, 2012, searched the premises, and confiscated two computers and documents relating to, among others, Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps, James Towery, and State Bar attorneys Mark Torres Gil, Lawrence Yee, and Rachel Grunberg, as well as material belonging to online publication The Leslie Brodie Report, and communications from the Internal Revenue Service relating to the complaint I had filed against Joe Dunn and Voice of OC.

My understanding is that members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (presumably, State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps, and others with their own financial and liberty interest at stake due to my whistleblowing activities) have presented claims to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Jeff Reisig and Michael Cabral to file criminal charges against me, for among other things, alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section 6043.5, on the purported basis that the ethics complaints I filed were unfounded and constituted criminal conduct.  (See ethics complaint concerning Rachel Grunberg, Mark Torres-Gil, Lawrence Yee in matter of Sara Granda HERE, ethics complaint against Thomas Girardi in the Fogel v. Farmers Group HERE., ethics complaint against James Towery HERE)

Incidentally, I was informed by friendly sources many months ago that if choose to expose corruption concerning Joe Dunn and Thomas Girardi via these complaints, they will try to frame me by various means similar to the ones used against Erin Baldwin. At that time, my reaction was complete skepticism of Erin Baldwin and her story because I could not imagine that such conduct could occur in our country. It appears that I may have been naive.

Consequently, please note the motion to re-open the In Re Girardi matter will be delayed.

Thank you for your time.

State Bar of California Membership Record of Louis Alexander Boli — AKA Michael Boli — Spouse of Victoria Henley of California Commission on Judicial Performance

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Louis Alexander Boli IV – #87937

Current Status:  Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

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Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 87937    
Address: Law Ofc Michael L Boli
1501 37th Ave Apt G
Oakland, CA 94601
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Phone Number: (510) 535-9001
Fax Number: (510) 225-3005
e-mail: fyekrnsjr@bqyktqp.eduswytjqw@fhsfi.orgiwsg@ubh.eduwunqrafg@hghc.orgmuicje@fstat.orgctdmbileh@rjtng.edumboli@bolilaw.comjqibq@ctd.nettrnoayyu@rygwgl.comgrse@ttwcf.netpsysqp@yoqleef.netcteiamnac@rpse.netmtjyi@kbnqa.comyuomqfhc@fgn.comjutc@bed.orgialn@stagt.eduwygadwy@shjobhmf.govlybkt@cwh.govcwutlgfut@uqsir.orgpwpgdj@titof.com 
County: Alameda
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
District: District 1    
Sections: Litigation
Solo & Small Firm
Law School: UC Davis SOL King Hall; Davis CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
11/29/1979 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Profile of UC Davis School of Law’s Margaret Z. Johns (TLR Note: Will Be Asked to Opine on Matters of Sara Granda, Jeff Reisig, Mike Cabral)

Photo of Margaret Z. Johns

Margaret Z. Johns

Contact Information

mzjohns@ucdavis.edu
530-752-8022
Rm. 2117 King Hall

Education

  • B.A. French, University of California, Santa Barbara 1970
  • J.D., University of California, Davis 1976

Senior Lecturer

“I love teaching at King Hall. The law is endlessly fascinating, our students are wonderful and inspiring, my faculty colleagues are terrific, and the staff is outstanding. In addition, teaching here has given me the opportunity to engage in a wide range of public service activities from working to provide pro bono lawyers for the poor, to handling pro bono civil rights cases, to working with the California Attorney General’s Office on the tobacco litigation. I feel very privileged to be a part of this very special place. “

Special Interests

Torts, Civil Rights

Selected Career Highlights

  • 2000 UC Davis Public Service Award
  • 1994 Outstanding Women Award for Human Rights
  • 1993 University of California, Davis James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

For complete profile, please see @:

http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Johns/#

UC Davis’s Vikram Amar Avers Made Sense to Seek En Banc Review to get “Two Bites of the Apple.” (TLR Note: Will Three Bites Possible By Moving for Reconsideration and Later for En Banc?)

Media_httpwwwlatimesc_sosax

Democratic appointees outnumber Republican appointees on the 9th Circuit, UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky observed. “I have no doubt that there is a core group of conservatives that will want to go” for reconsideration, he said. “But I can’t imagine they will have the votes.”

UC Davis constitutional law professor Vikram Amar said it made sense that ProtectMarriage would want 9th Circuit review to get “two bites of the apple.”

Please see complete story @:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prop8-20120209,0,7795042.story

Hon. Cruz Reynoso of UC Davis School of Law Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to CaliforniaALL and UC Davis School of Law Graduate Sara Granda

The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Hon. Cruz Reynoso —  Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (Ret.) and Professor at UC Davis School of Law —  to opine on matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL in connection with UC Davis School of Law graduate Sara Granda.

For background information, kindly visit:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/06/california-all-part-13-a-judge-and-…

And @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/01/californiaall-part-13-c-ethics-comp…

And @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/08/31/californiaall-part-18-state-bar-of-…

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/01/19/jill-sperber-of-state-bar-of-califo…

And @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/20/california-all-part-13-b-judicial-m…

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Hon. Cruz Reynoso directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Vikram Amar of UC Davis School of Law Asked to Opine on Matters of 1. Sanaz Nikaein – Faysal Nuri 2. Matthew Werdegar -Jon Streeter – J. Kathryn Werdegar in Matter of Sander v. State Bar 3. Kerr & Wagstaffe Hiring Proclivities and Mistreatment of Daniel

The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Professor Virkam Amar of UC Davis School of Law to opine on matters of 1. Sanaz Nikaein – Faysal Nuri  2. Matthew Werdegar -Jon Streeter – J. Kathryn Werdegar in Matter of Sander v. State Bar of California 3. Kerr & Wagstaffe hiring proclivities and mistreatment of Daniel Zaheer  4. UC Davis Graduate Granda -Judge England.

 

1. Sanaz Nikaein/Faysal Nuri — Please opine as to whether you find it problematic that both the husband and the wife were arrested; whereas logically only one (either the wife or the husband) is “really” at fault.  Can they both ultimately be found guilty?

 

2.  In connection with the pending matter of Sander v. State Bar of California, please opine as to whether Hon. Justice Werdegar should be recused on the account of her son (Matthew Werdegar) business relationship with Mr Jon Streeter — President of the State Bar of California.

 

3.  Kerr & Wagstaffe hiring proclitivites, please see @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/07/30/developing-is-kerr-wagstaffe-s-jim-…

 

Kerr & Wagstaffe mistreatment of Daniel Zaheer, pleasee see:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/10/04/suspicious-minds-part-2-on-kerr-wag…

 

And @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/01/08/howard-rice-sued-for-discriminating…

 

And @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/09/02/four-months-without-a-picture-leads…

 

4. UC Davis School of Law graduate Granda, please see @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/06/california-all-part-13-a-judge-and-…

 

And @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/05/20/california-all-part-13-b-judicial-m…

 

And @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/06/01/californiaall-part-13-c-ethics-comp…

 

And @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/08/31/californiaall-part-18-state-bar-of-…

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Prof. Amar directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Full Biography for JFK Law School Dean — Dean Barbieri (TLR Note 1-Barbieri a Democrat 2- Confederate of John Chiang, Geoffrey Brown and Judy Johnson 3- Notice Graduate of USF — APIA-Catholics Alliance 4- Highly Nefarious)

Full Biography for Dean Barbieri

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Piedmont

This information is provided by the candidate

27 Year Piedmont Resident. 27 Years-Married to Karen Ruxton Barbieri, 52 Year Piedmont Resident. 3 Children, Lauren (24), Dana (22) and Ryan (18) each educated in the Piedmont Schools K-12. 1980-Present, California licensed attorney 1989-Present, American Arbitration Association, Panels of Arbitrators and Mediators (Successfully resolved over 300 litigation matters through arbitration and mediation.) 2001-Present, Director for Examinations, State Bar of California, responsible for development of California Bar Examination administered annually to over 12,000 applicants. Past President, Richmond, California Rotary Club 1977-UC Davis, BA in Political Science/Public Service 1980-University of San Francisco, Juris Doctorate

Was police use of pepper spray at UC Davis justified?

Linda Katehi’ — UC Davis chancellor: Police defied my orders by using pepper spray

Students seek answers after UC Davis leader speaks

Rory Little, law professor at UC Hastings, and Walnut Creek Attorney Harry Stern — Comment on Pepper Spraying Protesters at UC Davis

Commenting on last week’s videotaped incident at UC Davis, Rory Little, a law professor at UC Hastings in San Francisco stated: “Using pepper spray on persons who are wholly passive seems like excessive force. But if officers testify that they felt threatened, it’s going to be a jury question as to whether they overreacted.”

Walnut Creek attorney Harry Stern, who has represented police officers, said pepper spray represents “a very, very low use of force” that may be justified when officers face resistance.

Please see complete article @:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/22/BAH11M2VU0.DTL&tsp=1

 

UC Davis police defend use of pepper spray on Occupy protesters

Shocking video of police pepper spraying UC Davis students staging passive sitdown protest | Mail Online

UC Davis to investigate police use of pepper spray

UC Davis launches probe after pepper spray video

3 BINGOS : 1- ACORN 2-EDUCATELA 3 — LILLIAN GALEDO 2002 GRANTEES Community Collaborative Fund

2002 Community Collaborative Fund Grantees

 

Acorn Community Enterprises – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lynn Dorroh, Executive Director
P.O. Box 188, Montgomery Creek, CA 96605
Ph: 530-337-6736; Email: acorn@299e.net; Website: www.acorncafe.org
To increase community knowledge of and access to computer technology by offering more training and resources.

 
African American Community Unity Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Charisse Bremond, Executive Director
944 West 53rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90037
Ph: 323-971-7344; Email: cbremond@earthlink.net; Website: Not Listed
To provide 40 participants with business computer training and supportive services.

 
Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Linda Broadous Miles, Executive Director
9106 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047
Ph: 323-756-7203; Email: ; Website: Not Listed
To expand and improve its computer lab with new computers and printers, establish broadband connections and hire a full time computer instructor to teach and coordinate daily computer classes and after school projects.

 
Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Inc. – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Mary Cheryl B. Nacionales, Health Education and Promotion Manager
2400 Moorpark Ave. Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95128
Ph: 408-975-2730; Email: mary.nacionales@aaci.org; Website: www.aaci.org
To establish an on-going Computer Technology Center for Asian seniors and other community groups and populations in Santa Clara County.

 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Long Beach – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Derald Sidler, Executive Director
3635 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807
Ph: 562-595-5945; Email: DeraldS@bgclublb.org; Website: www.bgclublb.org
To improve existing B&GCLB Education and Career development programs by hiring a Techology Training Coordinator to provide additional training to site coordinators and teen participants, and to purchase a new bank of training computers at B&GCLB headquarters.

 
Boys & Girls Club of Venice Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Pamela Hazlett, Resource Director
2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Ph: 310-390-4477 ext. 227; Email: pam@bgcv.org; Website: www.bgcv.org
To provide comprehensive, hands-on, instructor-led workshops that will be integrated and coordinated with other technology and job training programs onsite. To deliver the program to 150 members (ages 13-18), 50 parents and 30 young adults during the year.

 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca/Lathrop – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Mark McCool, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1061, Manteca, CA 95336
Ph: 209-239-5437; Email: Mmccool@bgmanteca.org; Website: www.bgmanteca.org
To partially support the creation and implementation of a computer technology program for youth at Lathrop School.

 
Bresee Foundation – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jeff Carr, Executive Director
184 S. Bimini Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90004
Ph: 213-387-2822; Email: jcarr@bresee.org; Website: www.bresee.org
To provide access to cutting-edge technology and employment services to 550 youth and 450 adults in Westlake, Pico Union, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown and parts of South Central Los Angeles.

 
California Black Women’s Health Project – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Latonya Slack, Executive Director
101 North La Brea Avenue, Suite 610, Inglewood, CA 90301
Ph: 310-412-1828; Email: wellwoman@cabwhp.org; Website: www.cabwhp.org
To bridge the gap between Black women and culturally competent care and medical advice/information by further developing an established website and creating a list serve. To provide relevant health information to Black women and a portal medical specialists and Black medical professionals, on one hand, and Black women, on the other. To also facilitate the creation of support groups.

 
CAMINOS/Pathways Learning Center – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Sister Petra Chavez, Founder and CEO
1470 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph: 415-824-0682 x 103; Email: cplc@dnai.com; Website: None
To provide basic computer education, develop advanced curriculum, operate a computer repair shop, and run an economic development and small business program.

 
Center for Accessible Technology – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dmitri Belser, Executive Director
2547 8th St., 12-A, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ph: 510-841-3224; Email: dbelser@cforat.org; Website: www.cforat.org
To support the Up and Running Program, which provides computer/Internet support and training to people with disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 
Center for Governmental Studies – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Tracy Westen, Chief Executive Officer
10951 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Ph: 310-470-6590; Email: twesten@cgs.org; Website: www.connectla.org
To support the further enhancement and development of a local web portal that would include developing it into a “templated” system which could be “franchised” at low cost to communities and agencies throughout the county, giving them an opportunity to use generic and constantly updated information and personalize their own name, local links, logo and agency information..

 
Center for Independent Living – $3,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jan Garrett, Executive Director
2539 Telegraph, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ph: 510-841-4776; Email: jgarrett@cilberkeley.org; Website: www.cilberkeley.org
To purchase assistive technology devices for public demonstration and client education.

 
Centro Latino de Educacion Popular – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Marcos Cajina, Executive Director
1709 West 8th Street, Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Ph: 213-483-7753; Email: ; Website: www.centrolatinoliteracy.org
To partially support the creation of a Technology Education Center where cutting edge information technology will be made accessible to the entire community in a way that is truly inclusive and encouraging.

 
Centro Legal de la Raza – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Patricia Loya, Executive Director
1001 Fruitvale Ave. Floor 2, Oakland, CA 94601
Ph: 510-437-1555; Email: p.loya@centrolegal.org; Website: None
To build organizational capacity by upgrading and conforming computers, installing a local area network, implementing a new database, and training staff.

 
Children’s Hospital Central California – $600 / 2 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Suzie Mays, Supervisor, Systems & Support
9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA 93638
Ph: 559-353-8638; Email: Smays@valleychildrens.org; Website: www.valleychildrens.org
For travel costs of one staff person to attend a telemedicine training seminar at UC Davis.

 
Community Development Technologies – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Denise Fairchild, President
520 West 23rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Ph: 213-763-2520; Email: denfaire@cdtech.org; Website: www.cdtech.org
To upgrade an existing employment training program to include basic computer technology and to train and place 40 – 60 clients.

 
Community Senior Services – $15,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Roberta Hill, President/CEO
2120 Foothill Blvd. Suite 115, La Verne, CA 91750
Ph: 909-593-7511; Email: csscares@linkline.com; Website: None
To plan a website that will enable seniors to access information, referrals from CSS, its 12 community partners, and 20 social service providers in the local area.

 
Community Technology Organizing Consortium – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Karen L. Wade, Secretary
2951 W. 51 15th St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Ph: 323-735-6616; Email: ctocinfo@ctocnet.org; Website: www.ctocnet.org
To increase and strengthen the organizational capacity of Community Technology Organizing Consortium to serve as an effective regional organizing and capacity-building resource for community technology efforts in Southern California.

 
CompassPoint – $14,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michael Brotchner, Development Director
706 Mission, St., 5th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-541-9000 x305; Email: MichaelB@compasspoint.org; Website: www.compasspoint.org
To use the Internet to widely distribute knowledge in the form of curricula within the Nonprofit Technology Assistance Providers (NTAP) community and to benefit the clients they serve and raising the quality of the curricula that is developed.

 
CompuMentor – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: George Gundrey, Senior Program Manager
435 Brannan St. Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94017
Ph: 415-512-7784 x310; Email: ggundrey@compumentor.org; Website: www.compumentor.org
To increase and strengthen the organizational capacity of Community Technology Network of the Bay Area to serve as an effective regional organizing and capacity-building resource for community technology efforts in Northern California.

 
Consumer Action – $54,400 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Ken McEldowney, Executive Director
717 Market Street, #310, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-777-9648; Email: ken.mceldowney@consumer-action.org; Website: www.consumer-action.org
To produce and distribute factsheets to CBO’s so their clients are aware of and can take advantage of the telemarketing “don’t call” law, effective on 1/1/03.

 
Copper Tower Family Medical Centers – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Terrie Spenst, Executive Director
240 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425
Ph: 707-894-4229; Email: Tspenst@coppertower.com; Website:
To collaborate with and expand the Blue Cross Telemedicine Network Program to rural Northern Sonoma County and enhance health care delivery to a rural area.

 
Dixon Family Services – $5,000 / 3 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: PJ Davis, Executive Director
155 N. Second Street, Dixon, CA 95620
Ph: 707-678-0442; Email: pjdavis@dixonfamilyservice.org; Website: Not Listed
To replace 4 old computers, network all computers in agency, and fully train staff in required software.

 
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Robert Hector, Executive Director
1050 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Ph: 415-921-6276; Email: ehhcc94115@aol.com; Website: None
To develop a technology plan, curriculum, and a fundraising and sustainability plan.

 
Family Solutions Inc. – $6,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anna Song, Director of Development
203 N. Golden Circle Dr. Suite 101, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Ph: 714-835-1333; Email: fsianna@aol.com; Website: www.fsikids.org
To install DSL lines into 13 group homes to increase access to the Internet for abused children.

 
Filipinos for Affirmative Action – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lillian Galedo, Executive Director
310 8th St., Ste. 306, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-465-9876; Email: lgaledo@filipinos4action.org; Website: www.filipinos4action.org
To provide computer equipment, database networking and staff training to three partner agencies to assist displaced Filipino airport security screeners, while building the long-term technological capacity of the partner agencies.

 
Firebaugh Technology Alliance – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Linda Lopez, Treasurer
P.O. Box 816, Firebaugh, CA 93622
Ph: 559-659-1349; Email: osablan@inreach.com; Website: None
To expand and improve an emerging community technology program.

 
Foundation for Successful Solutions – Project TECH – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Karen Wade, Project Director
2951 W. 15t St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Ph: 323-735-6616; Email: kwade@fsstech.org; Website: www.fsstech.org
To expand existing efforts to use technology resources to work with and provide support to several neighborhood organizing and development efforts in Harvard Heights and the Pico neighborhood of Mid-City Los Angeles.

 
Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michelle Burton, Development Director
4040 Bell Flower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808
Ph: 562-421-8456; Email: mburton@gscglb.org; Website: www.gscglb.org
To partially support the creation of a mobile computer lab with 5 laptop computers to bring the technology integrated Discovery Program to 2,800 girls in Long Beach, Compton, Paramount and Norwalk.

 
Greenlining Institute – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: John Gamboa, Executive Director
785 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-284-7205; Email: johng@greenlining.org; Website: www.greenlining.org
To ensure vulnerable communities benefit from telecommunications mergers, expand telecommunications community education and advocacy, and to represent vulnerable telecommunications consumers in regulatory and legislative forums at the state and federal level.

 
Health Access Foundation – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anthony Wright, Executive Director
1600 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-873-8787; Email: awright@health-access.org; Website: www.health-access.org
To develop a master plan for implementing the Videoconferencing Medical Interpretation (VMI) Project including site evaluations, provider trainings, and testing of new telemedicine applications in both the Alameda County Medical Center and the San Francisco Community Health Network.

 
Identity Theft Resource Center – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Linda Goldman-Foley, Director
P.O. Box 26833, San Diego, CA 92196
Ph: 858-693-7273; Email: itrc@idtheftcenter.org; Website: www.idtheftcenter.org
To guide consumers and businesses into more responsible use of telecommunications and the internet, to bridge the information divide on identity theft, forging networks between ITRC, law enforcement, telecommunications companies and consumers to enhance communications between groups.

 
JVS – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Abby Snay, Executive Director
77 Geary St., Ste 401, San Francisco, CA 94108
Ph: 415-391-3600; Email: asnay@jvs.org; Website: www.jvs.org
To provide access to technology and training in basic skills, office technology and information technology to low-income community members throughout San Francisco.

 
Korean Health, Education, Information & Research Center – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Soo Young Chin, Director of Development
3727 W. 6th St., Ste. 410, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Ph: 213-427-4000; Email: sooyoungchin@koreanhealth.org; Website: www.koreanhealth.org
To create a website which will connect Southern California Korean and Latino families with healthcare resources and increase access to health services and health information

 
Latino Issues Forum – $25,000 / 2 mo. (CCF/2003)

Contact: Ana Montes, Technology Director
785 Market St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-284-7208; Email: anamontes@lif.org; Website: www.lif.org
To work with the Foundation and other consumer groups to develop the priorities, structure and workplan for a coordinated statewide telecommunications consumer education and protection campaign.

 
Lucerne Alpine Seniors Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Rolland Mosser, Executive Director
3985 Country Club Dr., Lucerne, CA 95458
Ph: 707-274-8779; Email: ; Website: Not Listed
To replace 6 computers and related equipment and provide training to senior volunteers so that they may help their peers with computer related issues.

 
MEND – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Marianne Hill, Executive Director
13460 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331
Ph: 818-896-0246; Email: marianne@mendpoverty.org; Website: www.mendpoverty.org
To provide computer access and training to 110 ESL students and 150 computer lab students; to upgrade outdated computer equipment; and to purchase Internet security software.

 
Mercy Housing California – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Patsy Harney, Project Director
1038 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-553-6380; Email: pharney@mercyhousing.org; Website: www.mercyhousing.org
To continue providing computer training classes and lab at 7 housing projects.

 
National Consumer Law Center – $15,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Williard Ogburn, Executive Director
77 Summer Street, 10th Fl., Boston, MA 02110-1106
Ph: 617-542-8010; Email: consumerlaw@nclc.org; Website: www.nclc.org
protect the rights of low-income and disadvantaged consumers in California who choose or are forced to engage in commerce over the Internet by monitoring federal efforts to implement the E-Sign law and by providing technical assistance to advocates pushing for stronger consumer protections in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) at the state level.

 
National Indian Justice Center – $16,571 / 2 mo. (CCF/2003)

Contact: Nicole Lim, Staff Attorney
5250 Aero Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Ph: 707-579-5507; Email: nijc@aol.com; Website: www.nijc.org
To develop a comprehensive proposal to conduct a telecommunications survey of scope and extent of access to, existence, and capacity of modern telecommunications in California Indian communities.

 
Oakland Technology Exchange-West (OTX-West) – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Bruce Buckelew, Founder & Director
426 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-893-4822; Email: Otxwest@yahoo.com; Website: otx.vcom3.com
To provide 2,000 home computers to Oakland Unified School District students, by soliciting computer donations and, with the support of 200 student and community volunteers, prepare them for home use.

 
OpNet – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Elizabeth Echols, Executive Director
965 Mission Street, #518, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-882-1555 x302; Email: elizabeth@opnetwork.org; Website: www.opnetwork.org
To provide entry level and/or advanced level technology training and job placement to underserved Bay Area youth.

 
Pacific Center on Telehealth – $65,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: William Halverson, Project Director
1529 Burnside Way, Stockton, CA 95207
Ph: 209-956-4628; Email: william@netpros.net; Website:
To provide technical assistance to telemedicine programs serving medically underserved communities in California. To increase eligible applicants to the Universal Service Fund and the California Teleconnect Fund.

 
Pacific Incubation Network – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Linda Kotzot, Managing Director
111 N. Market St., Ste. 604, San Jose, CA 95113
Ph: 408-351-3567; Email: info@pacificincubation.org; Website: www.pacificincubation.org
To develop a statewide telecommunications and information technology development strategy for incubators and their client businesses in underserved communities in California.

 
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – $17,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Beth Givens, Program Director
3100 – 5th Ave., Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-298-3396; Email: bgivens@privacyrights.org; Website: www.privacyrights.org
To support a coalition of 8 consumer groups to advocate in the state legislature for consumer privacy.

 
Project Amiga – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Irene F. Portillo, Executive Director
2001 Tyler Ave., Ste. 203, South El Monte, CA 91733
Ph: 626-401-1395; Email: project_amiga@yahoo.com; Website: None
To provide bilingual computer skills, digital access and education to the low-income Hispanic community.

 
Public Interest Clearinghouse – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Stephanie Choy, Executive Director
47 Kearny Street, Suite 705
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel. (415) 834-0100, ext. 304
Ph: 415-255-1714 x304; Email: slchoy@pic.org; Website: www.pic.org
To develop a website, www.CalJustice.net, that will increase legal assistance for the poor in California.

 
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Sharon Miller, CEO
275 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-541-8580; Email: Sharon@rencenter.org; Website: www.rencenter.org
To expand the capacities of disadvantaged entrepreneurs to utilize technology to maximize their business sustainability and success, through comprehensive technology training and access to technology.

 
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Connie MacLean, S.E. Sierra Integrated Regional Information Coordinator
1081 N China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ph: 760-449-5869; Email: c.maclean@rrh.org; Website: www.rrh.org
To purchase and implement a patient monitoring system with a base station in the home health agency and five monitoring stations in the patients’ home.

 
Roundhouse Council, Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Janine (only one name), Executive Director
330 Bush St., Greenville, CA 95947
Ph: 530-284-6866; Email: roundhse@inreach.com; Website: None
To develop an appropriate and sustainable technology plan.

 
Salvation Army-Lancaster Community Center Corps – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Elisabeth Buchholz, Grants Officer
900 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Ph: 213-553-3252; Email: elisabeth_buchholz@usw.salvationarmy.org; Chanya_Blumenkrantz@usw.salvationarmy.org; Website: www.salvationarmy-socal.org
To purchase computer and communications technology in order to serve clients more efficiently and effectively.

 
San Diego Regional Technology Alliance – $24,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Christine Hernandez Ang, Manager of Research
3647 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-615-1050; Email: cang@sdrta.org; Website: www.sdrta.org
To teach CTC staff how to maintain computer technology and create sustainable computer programs for their constituents by providing technical assistance, technology planning, basic computer literacy training and course curriculum.

 
San Jose Grail Development Corporation – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Veronica Goei, Director
2003 E. San Antonio Street, San Jose, CA 95116
Ph: 408-347-7892; Email: vgoei@sjgdc.org; Website: www.sjgdc.org
To partially support an existing Community Technology Center serving low-income Latinos in East San Jose.

 
Self-Help for the Elderly – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anni Chung, President & CEO
407 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Ph: 415-982-9171; Email: SHE@selfhelpfortheelderly.com; Website: www.selfhelpfortheelderly.com
To develop an accessible, bilingual website for Chinese seniors in the Bay Area. To train limited-English Chinese seniors on basic computer and Internet skills and how to access the project website. To provide free Internet access to the target population.

 
Senior Advocacy Center of Northern California – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Betty Young, Fiscal Officer
1647 Hartnell Ave., Ste. 6, Redding, CA 96002
Ph: 530-223-0999; Email: sac1647@pacbell.net; Website: None
To develop a Center website featuring three programs: Health Insurance and Counseling Program, Senior Legal Services, and Ombudsman; which specifically targets the needs of senior consumers and their family members.

 
Shelter From The Storm Inc. – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Lynn Moriarty, Executive Director
P.O. Box 14155, Palm Desert, CA 92255-4155
Ph: 760-328-7233; Email: shelterfrom.thestorm@gte.net; Website: None
To upgrade and equip an existing computer learning program to provide computer and Internet training to children and adolescents residing in a Coachella Valley domestic violence shelter.

 
Shingletown Medical Center – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lou Mendonsa, Executive Director
31292 Alpine Meadows Road, Shingletown, CA 96088
Ph: 530-474-3390; Email: smccenter@shasta.com; Website: familydoctor.org/shingletown
To strengthen a regional telemedicine network through staff development, creating provider agreements, and provider training/development.

 
Southern Sierra Boys & Girls Club – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Marten Nyar, Chief Professional Officer
P.O. Box 937, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ph: 760-375-8870; Email: amundsonp111@aol.com; Website: None
To partially support the creation of a Computer Learning Center in a proposed Boys & Girls Club serving the Southern Sierra.

 
Street Tech – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Paul Lamb, Executive Director
2300 El Portal Drive, Suites F&G, San Pablo, CA 94806
Ph: 510-234-1300; Email: paul@streettech.org; Website: www.streettech.org
To provide basic computer training, A+ certification and job placement to underserved adults.

 
Sweatshop Watch – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Nikki Fortunato Bas, Co-Director
310 Eighth St., Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-834-8990; Email: sweatinfo@sweatshopwatch.org; Website: www.sweatshopwatch.org
To upgrade and maintain computer and telecommunications systems, and to provide computer and website training to staff.

 
Technology Training Foundation of America – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Jeanette Roche, President/ED
8817 Production Ave., San Diego, CA 92121
Ph: 858-547-3992; Email: j.roache@computers2learnby.org; Website: www.computers2learnby.org
To acquire donated computers for repair and refurbishment to yield 100 high-quality Pentium II or greater multimedia computer systems for donation in California.

 
The Institute, Inc./Educate LA – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Eric Moore, Founder and CEO
4401 W. Slauson Ave. Suite 157, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Ph: 323-294-4604; Email: elmoore@educatela.net; Website: www.educatela.org
To provide computer access and training to African American and Latino families throughout Los Angeles.

 
The Women’s Foundation – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Patti Chang, Executive Director
340 Pine St., Ste. 302, San Francisco, CA 94104
Ph: 415-837-1113; Email: pattic@twf.usa.org; Website: www.twfusa.org
To increase telecommunications and information technology capacity and increase sustainability of 12 grassroots organizations by providing mini-grants and technical assistance.

 
Tri-City Mental Health Center – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Drusie Bushnell, Manager, Contract Compliance
3201 Temple Ave., Ste. 250, Pomona, CA 91768
Ph: 909-594-5400; Email: dbushnell@tricitymhs.org; Website: tricitymhs.com
To provide basic computer and employment training to 50 or more mentally disabled clients.

 
United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County – $45,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Mary Krieger, Assoc. Executive Director
8525 Gibbs Dr. Ste. 100, San Diego, CA 92123
Ph: 858-571-7803; Email: ucpsdk@pacbell.net; Website: ucpsd.org
To enable Adapted Computer Empowerment Services (ACES) to merge with UCP to build the capacity of both organizations to fulfill the mission to deliver used, refurbished Pentium level, Internet ready computers to low-income persons with disabilities including related training and support services.

 
Utility Consumers Action Network – $49,000 / 6 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michael Shames, Executive Director
3100 – 5th Ave., Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-696-6966; Email: mshames@ucan.org; Website: www.ucan.org
To detect and end the systematic abuse of telecom consumers in underserved markets by telephone companies.

 
Valley Economic Development Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jenni Kwon, Director
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor, Van Nuys, CA 91403
Ph: 818-907-9977; Email: nicole@vedc.org; Website: www.vedc.org

 
Valley Restart Shelter – $39,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Peggy Rose, Executive Director
200 E. Menlo, Hemet, CA 92543
Ph: 909-766-7476; Email: LoryNicholson@hotmail.com; Website: Valleyrestart.com
To create a Communication Center and upgrade existing computer training equipment to assist homeless individuals locate and prepare for employment. Increase employment opportunities, potential for employment and resources for participants in the job search arena.

 
Warner Mountain Indian Health Clinic – $23,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: John R. Vass, Tribal Executive Director
P.O. Box 129, #7 Bridge St., Fort Bidwell, CA 96112
Ph: 530-279-6310; Email: fbijv@hotmail.com; Website: None
To install and pay the monthly charge for T-1, frame relay service for 12 months, until permanent funding can be secured through Indian Health Service and the California Rural Indian Health Board.

 
Watsonville Law Center – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dori Rose Inda, Director
521 Main Street, Ste. H., Watsonville, CA 95706
Ph: 831-722-2845; Email: watsonvillelaw@cbridges.com; Website: Not Listed
To continue representing minority and low-income consumers in an Association of Monterey Bay Area Government research and planning process on the impact and benefits of fiber optics on rural communities. To study the interests, feasibility and planning for a community organization network utilizing high speed Internet access.

 
Watts Labor Community Action Committee – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dr. Messele Negash, Technical Services Director
10950 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: 323-563-5639; Email: mnegash@wlcac.org; Website: www.wlcac.org
To support the Community Resource for Technology and Computer Learning Program.

 
Women of the American GI Forum-Fremont/Oakdale Chapter – $20,000 / 6 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Leo Avila, Project Coordinator
10600 Isabel Hunter Ct., Oakdale, CA 95361
Ph: 209-847-6841; Email: leoavila1@juno.com; Website: None
To plan and initiate a community technology center to serve Hispanic youth and laborers in Oakdale.

 
Women’s Economic Agenda Project – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Ethel Long-Scott, Executive Director
449-15th St. 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-451-7379 x222; Email: weap@weap.org; Website: www.weap.org
To continue the Computer & Telecommunications Skill Center and its programs in Downtown and West Oakland.

 

2002 CCPF: Board Profiles for California Consumer Protection Foundation

Foundation Board Members

Judy Johnson, President

Currently Executive Director of the California State Bar. Previously Chief Trial Counsel for the California State Bar; Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney Special Prosecutions and Consumer Fraud Units; Instructor, New College of California School of Law; Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Alameda County; Member of the State Bar Board of Governors; and Chair of State Bar Committees on Labor Relations, Admissions and Competence, and Governmental Affairs.

Henry Izumizaki, Treasurer

Currently a private consultant. Previously Executive Director of Eureka Communities San Francisco Bay Area:Vice-president of Urban Strategies Council in Oakland; Assistant Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District; Executive Director, University of California-Oakland Metropolitan Forum; Program Executive, The San Francisco Foundation; Consultant to the North of Market Planning Commission; and Board Member of the National Youth Law Project and National Center for Youth Law.

Stewart Kwoh, Secretary

Currently Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles; Trustee, The California Endowment; Trustee, The California Wellness Foundation; Trustee, Los Angeles Urban Methodist Foundation; and Board Member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Winner of a 1998 McArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Previously President, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association; Instructor, UCLA School of Law, and President of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission.

Priscilla Enriquez, Board member

Currently the Co-Director of the California Telehealth and Telemedicine Center in Sacramento. Previously a Health Education and Marketing Manager for Omni Healthcare in Sacramento; Director of Program Services, March of Dimes in San Francisco; and Project Associate for the Children and Youth Policy Project and Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley.

Santos Gomez, Board Member

Currently Directing Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance Oxnard Migrant Program in Oxnard, CA. Previously a Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, CA; Founding Partner, Goldschein & Gomez in Davis, CA; Law Clark at UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic and California Rural Legal Assistance in Salinas; and Senior Analyst at Synergic Resources Corporation in Los Angeles, CA.

Ann Haskins, Board Member

Currently an Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in Los Angeles. Previously Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter; Associate Director, Public Counsel; Member of the State Bar Standing Committees on Consumer Advocacy, Consumer Finance, and Legal Services; Member of Los Angeles Bar Committees on Economic Litigation, Legal Referral, and Pro Bono; and Member of the Consumers Union Advisory Committee overseeing the distribution of funds from the Avco Finance case.

Jennifer Beeman, Former UC Davis official, sentenced for embezzlement |

Omitting a Casino Card Dealer, Professor of Law Hircshberg on California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye — “Felix Frankfurter She Is Not”. – The Leslie Brodie Report

« State Bar Failure to Prosecute Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack — Update 4: Message from Complainant to Robert A. Hawley Re James Towery, Howard Miller, Jerome Falk, Douglas Winthrop and JFKU’s Dean — Dean Barbieri

Metropolitan News-Enterprise, a Los Angeles daily newspaper focusing on law and the courts, recently published an OP-ED piece by Gert Hirschberg.

Hircshberg, a retired trial lawyer and a former professor of torts, is of the opinion that none of Arnold Schwarzenegger “deeds or misdeeds exceeded the damage he did upon the people of California with his appointment of the new Chief Justice.”

Hircshberg wrote:

“Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a pleasant, likeable graduate from the UC Law School at Davis. The only trouble is that a Felix Frankfurter she is not. Arnold Schwarzenneger plucked her out of hundreds to become the next Chief Justice of California.

What is her history? College and law school at UC Davis; four years in the Sacramento District Attorney’s office; eight years in the Superior Court as a trial judge; five years in the Appellate Court. She had also served one year as legal affairs secretary for then Governor Deukmejian. Scholarly writings in books, appellate briefs, law review articles, none. Teaching in law schools, none.

Unless she has completely concealed it from public scrutiny, she has never managed an investment or a business, nor been involved in any personnel administration, public or private. Yet, she has been put in charge of a multi-billion dollar enterprise with real estate holdings in every town so large it would make Donald Trump look like a piper.”

According to www.blackjackchamp.com “As a student, Cantil-Sakauye received training as a blackjack dealer. With her training, she was able to get a job dealing blackjack during summers and weekends at Harrah’s Casino in Lake Tahoe. She used the money she earned to help pay her way through law school at the University of California. After finishing her law degree, Cantil-Sakauye went back to the tables for a short time, dealing blackjack again in Reno.”

Please visit the below link for the entire article written by Professor Hirshberg .
http://tinyurl.com/winelovedIdeeplydicedear

Felix Frankfurter, She Is Not

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

 

Page 7

 

IN MY OPINION (Column)

Felix Frankfurter, She Is Not

 

By GERT K. HIRSCHBERG

 

 (The writer is a retired trial lawyer, an American Board of Trial Advocates  member since 1978 and a former professor of torts at five California law schools. He counts 4,000 of his former students among California’s lawyers and judges. He was presiding referee of the Disciplinary Board, later called the State Bar Court. He is a former member of the State Bar Board of Governors—1980 to 1983—and the Judicial Council of California.)

Our body builder turned movie star turned Governor has surpassed only himself in his midnight gubernatorial actions. In exercising his commutation and pardoning powers, he partially commuted a prison sentence of a good friend’s son who was convicted and served a prison sentence for a brutal and sadistic crime. The fact the good friend was a Speaker of the Assembly was of course immaterial. Historically, in numerous reported decisions, this Governor either reversed the Parole Board or was reversed by the courts since he, as Governor, found a danger of recidivism. This display of unchecked favoritism is a blight on the record of a likeable former Governor. Prior thereto, his skills as a tactful negotiator with members of the Legislature were hardly enhanced when he publicly referred to them as “girly boys”. But none of his deeds or misdeeds exceeded the damage he did upon the people of California with his appointment of the new Chief Justice.

Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a pleasant, likeable graduate from the UC Law School at Davis. The only trouble is that a Felix Frankfurter she is not. Arnold Schwarzenneger plucked her out of hundreds to become the next Chief Justice of California.

What is her history? College and law school at UC Davis; four years in the Sacramento District Attorney’s office; eight years in the Superior Court as a trial judge; five years in the Appellate Court. She had also served one year as legal affairs secretary for then Governor Deukmejian. Scholarly writings in books, appellate briefs, law review articles, none. Teaching in law schools, none.

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Unless she has completely concealed it from public scrutiny, she has never managed an investment or a business, nor been involved in any personnel administration, public or private.  Yet, she has been put in charge of a multi-billion dollar enterprise with real estate holdings in every town so large it would make Donald Trump look like a piper.

Just as California once has the first state university in the nation, so was our state renowned for what was once its finest Supreme Court. We featured a superb Supreme Court headed by Roger Traynor as chief, snatched from Bolt Hall’s faculty and ably assisted by great names such as Tobriner, Peters, Mosk and others. It was generally hailed as the greatest Supreme Court in the nation, rivaled only by the Cardozo-Andrews court of New York in the Palsgraf era. Roger Traynor himself had been called one of the greatest judges never to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. In the area of products liability alone, our Supreme Court led the nation in chartering a blazing course to social justice.

Ron George, a Stanford graduate, as California’s Chief Justice ably carried the torch until the appointment of the new chief. As previously reported in this column, the Chief Justice is considerably more than just one of the seven decision makers.  The Chief heads the Judicial Council and through the Administrative Office of the Courts, oversees 1,700 judges and 21,000 other employees. The Chief is the manager of the court system, its financial make-up, employee relations, real property management, court facilities problems, liaison with the Legislature and the Bar. The public never realizes this and only sees or hears the Supreme Court opinions authored by the Chief Justice. Californians were indeed lucky to have had the services of a Ron George, but he is retired and gone. It is time for a change.

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The daunting task of this job description, it would seem, would require a realignment of these responsibilities. What we need is to fill two chairs – namely a manager’s chair and a judicial chair – just as many cities in California have managers and mayors. Perhaps one job would be akin to that of a head of General Electric Corporation and another as head of the judicial process. No, the managerial job would not be as complex as that of running a billion dollar corporation, but the magnitude does not affect its complexity. Such a division of responsibilities would indeed free a chief justice to the responsibilities which the public presently expects.

Conflicts and controversy between the Administrative Office of the Courts and the judges of California are brewing and coming to the surface. Last year, when the (former) Chief, through his power on the Judicial Council, decided to furlough all court personnel for one day per week and utilize court funds ear-marked for courthouse reconstruction, he drew not just the ire of many judges, but the formation of the Alliance of California Judges. Since then, more judges have expressed support of AB 1208 which apparently seeks more financial autonomy for trial courts. The Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts has resigned, although he denied that this was in response to demands by two legislators for his departure. A former and retired presiding judge has referred to the Administrative Office of the Courts as mismanaged and power hungry.

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It is time the voters of California restore the judiciary to what it was intended to be, a tribunal for the solution of conflicts between individuals, or the state and individuals.

This contemplated change would, could and should persuade a governor or a future governor when exercising his or her appointive powers to seek more appropriate judicial candidates. The immediate past Governor has shown no judgment and was governed by no criteria. That’s no way to run a railroad.

 

 Copyright 2011, Metropolitan News Company

TLR Apllauds Nomination of Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to Serve as Chief Justice of the California Sup

Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated the Honorable
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to serve as the Chief Justice of the
California Supreme Court. She would replace Chief Justice Ronald
George, who retires Jan. 2.

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Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, a Republican of Sacramento, currently serves as
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in
Sacramento.

Cantil-Sakauye graduated from UC Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of
Law in 1984. During and after Cantil-Sakauye dealt blackjack during
summers and weekends at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

“She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed
by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California’s
first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court’s already rich
diversity,” Schwarzenegger stated.

Cantil-Sakauye said the nomination was a “tremendous honor to have the
opportunity to server as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.”
As a jurist, woman and a Filipina, I am extremely grateful for the
trust Gov. Schwarzenegger has placed in me,” she stated.

Cantil-Sakauye currently serves on the board of “My Sister’s House,” a
Sacramento agency that provides a safe haven for Asian and Pacific
Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Cantil-Sakauye said she keeps a statue of Themis, the goddess of
justice, in her office, which serves to remind her, “that what justice
means to the public is that courts right the wrongs. It vanquishes the
indignities and provides a forum for everyone to be heard.”

Justice George called Cantil-Sakauye “eminently qualified”

TLR Apllauds Nomination of Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to Serve as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated the Honorable
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to serve as the Chief Justice of the
California Supreme Court. She would replace Chief Justice Ronald
George, who retires Jan. 2.

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Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, a Republican of Sacramento, currently serves as
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in
Sacramento.

Cantil-Sakauye graduated from UC Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of
Law in 1984. During and after Cantil-Sakauye dealt blackjack during
summers and weekends at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
“She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed
by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California’s
first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court’s already rich
diversity,” Schwarzenegger stated. Cantil-Sakauye said the nomination was a “tremendous honor to have the
opportunity to server as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.”
As a jurist, woman and a Filipina, I am extremely grateful for the
trust Gov. Schwarzenegger has placed in me,” she stated. Cantil-Sakauye currently serves on the board of “My Sister’s House,” a
Sacramento agency that provides a safe haven for Asian and Pacific
Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Cantil-Sakauye said she keeps a statue of Themis, the goddess of
justice, in her office, which serves to remind her, “that what justice
means to the public is that courts right the wrongs. It vanquishes the
indignities and provides a forum for everyone to be heard.”

Justice George called Cantil-Sakauye “eminently qualified”

TLR Apllauds Nomination of Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to Serve as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated the Honorable
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to serve as the Chief Justice of the
California Supreme Court. She would replace Chief Justice Ronald
George, who retires Jan. 2.

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Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, a Republican of Sacramento, currently serves as
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in
Sacramento.

Cantil-Sakauye graduated from UC Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of
Law in 1984. During and after Cantil-Sakauye dealt blackjack during
summers and weekends at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
“She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed
by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California’s
first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court’s already rich
diversity,” Schwarzenegger stated. Cantil-Sakauye said the nomination was a “tremendous honor to have the
opportunity to server as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.”
As a jurist, woman and a Filipina, I am extremely grateful for the
trust Gov. Schwarzenegger has placed in me,” she stated. Cantil-Sakauye currently serves on the board of “My Sister’s House,” a
Sacramento agency that provides a safe haven for Asian and Pacific
Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Cantil-Sakauye said she keeps a statue of Themis, the goddess of
justice, in her office, which serves to remind her, “that what justice
means to the public is that courts right the wrongs. It vanquishes the
indignities and provides a forum for everyone to be heard.”

Justice George called Cantil-Sakauye “eminently qualified”

TLR Apllauds Nomination of Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to Serve as Chief Justice of the California Sup

Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated the Honorable
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye to serve as the Chief Justice of the
California Supreme Court. She would replace Chief Justice Ronald
George, who retires Jan. 2.

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Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, a Republican of Sacramento, currently serves as
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in
Sacramento.

Cantil-Sakauye graduated from UC Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of
Law in 1984. During and after Cantil-Sakauye dealt blackjack during
summers and weekends at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
“She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed
by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California’s
first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court’s already rich
diversity,” Schwarzenegger stated. Cantil-Sakauye said the nomination was a “tremendous honor to have the
opportunity to server as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.”
As a jurist, woman and a Filipina, I am extremely grateful for the
trust Gov. Schwarzenegger has placed in me,” she stated. Cantil-Sakauye currently serves on the board of “My Sister’s House,” a
Sacramento agency that provides a safe haven for Asian and Pacific
Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Cantil-Sakauye said she keeps a statue of Themis, the goddess of
justice, in her office, which serves to remind her, “that what justice
means to the public is that courts right the wrongs. It vanquishes the
indignities and provides a forum for everyone to be heard.”

Justice George called Cantil-Sakauye “eminently qualified”

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