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Addendum to Husband of Senator Dianne Fienstein — University of California Regent Richard Blum : The California Supreme Court Historical Society — unexplained and vexatious movements of funds from The California Supreme Court Historical Society ( “CSCHS” ) to the Board of Regents of University of California [ TLR Notes : 1. PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of Sham Entity CaliforniaALL — “Treasurer” of CSCHS 2. Ronald George / Kathryn Werdegar / Barbara Babcock / Howard Rice’s Amy Margolin who represented PG&E in Massive Bankruptcy — ALL part of CSCHS 3. Yolo County-based Rabbi speculates a) PG&E – “Fixer” Jerome Falk may went behind back of Jerry Brown / Bill Lockyer In Re “Neutral” Joseph Grodin b) changes mind about Bill Lockyer — terrific job in Cal Energy Crisis c) may sue CSCHS for Accounting per Corporations Code, §§ 5250 and 6320 ]

Ophelia Basgal of PG&E
THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Richard Blum / PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of Sham CaliforniaALL / Ronald George / Kay Werdegar — Unusual movements of money from the California Supreme Court Historical Society to the University of California Board of Regents

 

 California Supreme Court Historical Society

 California Supreme Court Historical Society / University of California

For copy of The California Supreme Court Historical Society IRS tax return , please see @:

990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/943/943111428/943111428_200806_990.pdf

The California Supreme Court Historical Society was founded in 1989 as a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting California’s legal and judicial history, with a particular emphasis on the State’s highest court. The Society serves the interests of the bench and bar, the academic community, and the general public through its publications, educational programs and support of scholarly research. In addition, the Society assists private and public agencies with exhibitions, oral histories, court tours, and the acquisition and archiving of judicial materials.

Source @:http://www.cschs.org/01_society/01.html

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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)

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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

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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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

UC Davis MIND Institute

 

 

 

 

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

News Update on Criminal Defendant Lauren Redfern / Civil-RICO Defendants Howard Dickstein and Spouse (Jeannine English) as The Leslie Brodie Report Launches Inquiry to Investigate Persistent Rumors Dickstein Officially Employed at Obama’s White House

Lauren Redfern

 Lauren Redfern, a former female Basalt High School gym teacher who had been charged with sexual assault on a student, was sentenced, but faces no prison time.

Lauren Redfern Basalt High

Lauren Redfern, 26, was sentenced Tuesday.

Redfern, 26, was arrested after she was caught by the school’s athletic director having sex with a student in the teacher’s restroom. At the time Redfern was charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern of sexual abuse, a class 3 felony.

“They were caught in a room they shouldn’t have been in together and that’s what started this investigation. And they admitted what was going on,” Eagle County Undersheriff Mike McWilliams told CBS4 shortly after Redfern’s arrest. Please continue @: http://tinyurl.com/ctcqgr9

Howard Dickstein / Jeannine English

Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English — who served as a “public member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors since 2006 — is no longer part of the board, TLR has learned.

English is married to Howard Dickstein –  a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry.

Recently, both Dickstein and English were named as defendants in two separate RICO suits —  advanced by  Spire Law Group and Dan Dydzak.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.


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.

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(L-R) Richard Lehman and Jeannine English of Sacramento-based lobbying firm Lehman English Kelly & O’Keefe which represented Duke Energy and Reliant Energy (Image: courtesy photos)

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(L-R) Richard Lehman and Howard Dickstein . Both Lehman and Dickstein are part of a team working for North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Image: courtesy photos)

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Members of the “J Street Gang of Greed” (L-R ) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets. Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA). Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo) (Image:courtesy photos)

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Senator Barack Obama addresses a rather small group of people at the Law Offices of Howard Dickstein and Mark Friedman in Sacramento, California. 8/08/07

Host William Wagener Discusses Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Suit Against Joseph Dunn, Ronald George, Howard Dickstein, Jeannine English, Starr Babcock

Spire Law Group RICO Act Suit Against Alleged Racketeers Howard Dickstein, Spouse Jeannine Dickstein (AKA Jeannine English) , Douglas Winthrop, and Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese

Rumsey Band Rancheria vs. Howard Dickstein In a civil action filed against Attorney Howard Dickstein, spouse of State Bar of California BOG member Jeannine English, it was alleged Dickstein engaged in “a course of dealing that involved breaches of trust and violations of duties of the most basic, and, indeed, sacred kind.” Including, but not limited to, using the client’s plane for personal trips to the south of France, Big Sur and Grand Prix events in Monte Carlo and Montreal for which he owes the client $1.2 million. In statements to the media, Howard Dickstein referred to the allegations as a “pack of lies,” while disparaging his client. Dickstein also stated that he plans to fight the suit and “fight hard.” Appearing on behalf of defendant Dickstein was Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest.

Lastly, amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, The Leslie Brodie Report has launched a journalistic inquiry into persistent rumors Howard Dickstein was extended an offer to join Barack Obama’s White House.

 

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not a bad gig if you can get it.

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

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

SPECIAL REPORT: MORE FRAUD UNEARTH IN RE CaliforniaALL’s MARRY ELLEN ZELLERBACH – AKA CARY MARTIN ZELLERBACH- AKA CARY MARTIN “ZELLERBACK”

9) CaliforniaALL Newsletter announcing change of address and DLA Piper Pro Bono

 

The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) is carefully following a developing story out of California relating to sham non-profit CaliforniaALL director Cary Martin Zellerbach AKA Marry Ellen Zelerrbach, and as we learn through the latest development, Cary Martin “Zellerback.” (See above).

A source seeking annonimtynow maintain an examination has been lauched to determine whether the name “ZELLERBACK” was used as part of a scheme to mislead the public.  Or, whether the name was misspelled as a result of an innocent error.

Cary Martin Zellerbach is the Managing Director of Martin Investment Management. Among her previous affiliations, she was a founding Principal and Executive Vice President of Mellon Capital Management Corporation and is a former Director of Client Services at Tukman Capital Management. As a 1973 graduate in economics of Wellesley College, Cary is a Charter Board Member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council.

 

Cary Martin Zellerbach

CaliforniaALL’s Cary Martin Zellerbach of Martin Investment Management, LLC. (image:courtesy)

She received an MBA from Stanford University in 1976 where she has served as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust. In addition to her service as a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Cary volunteers on behalf of the Graduate School of Business and is Vice President of the Stanford Women’s Club of San Francisco. Outside Stanford, she is the co-author of Having It All/Having Enough: How to Create a Career/Family Balance That Works for You and is a Trustee of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Elementary School in San Francisco. Cary also serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of California’s School of Nursing.

Source credit:

www.daughtersandsonstowork.org

 

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 served as directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri, surreptitiously so — see above)

According to Martin Investment Management, LLC, it is an independent, majority female, employee-owned firm. They are an experienced, consistent, focused, dedicated, pragmatic and approachable management team. Their clients will always have access to them. The firm is GIPS compliant, and the firm has been verified by an independent verifier on an annual basis from 1990 to 2008. The firm is a member of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA).

Source:

http://www.martin-investments.com/index.php?id=whoweare

 

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

Original story, please see @:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CEC schools include the following:

Contents

History

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

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

Controversies and federal scrutiny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Leslie Brodie Report Suspends Journalistic Inquiry into Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Donna Lucas, Tony Haymet Amid Untimely Death of Marty Africa’s Beloved Son — Matthew Africa

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Matthew Africa, RIP

On November 15, 2012 Amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, a journalistic inquiry was launched by TLR into events surrounding San Diego-based Scripps Institution of Oceanography (“SIO”), and directors Tony Haymet, Donna Lucas, and Marty Africa.

According to the East Bay Express, “On September 3, legendary Bay Area DJ Matthew Africa was tragically killed in a car accident while returning from Yosemite with his wife. The death sent shockwaves through the Bay Area DJ community, where Africa had been a mainstay for decades, and reverberated through the blogosphere. Local and national outlets covered his passing. Clearly, Africa was a man who touched a lot of people on a lot of different levels.”

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 & Associate

Accoding to Patterson Irrigator “Africa was heading northbound in his 2001 Volkswagen Beetle on Highway 33 just north of West Stanislaus Road at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday when he veered off the road for unknown reasons, according to a CHP report. His Beetle hit shoulder gravel, steered back onto the highway and spun in a clockwise direction and into the southbound lane before striking a 2000 Peterbilt driven by Hector Alvarez, 23, of Newman, according to the CHP. Africa was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries while his passenger, Ha Le Cow, 38, of Berkeley was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of what was described as major injuries.”

Consequently, TLR has suspened the above mentioned inquiry, which will resume in January of 2013.

 

 

Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered Kinde Durkee to spend 97 months in federal custody and pay $10,529,915.76 in restitution (TLR Note: Mueller’s husband one who received preferential treatment from Sacramento DA; Dukee – strong ties to Voice of OC)

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

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Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of some 400 political candidates and groups, was arrested in September 2011 and charged with criminal mail fraud. She pleaded guilty in March as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

 

Durkee, 59, appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and was ordered by Judge Kimberly Mueller to spend 97 months in federal custody and pay $10,529,915.76 in restitution.

Mueller said the loss of campaign funds “certainly” affected the democratic process and shook the faith of citizens who had made campaign donations.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions,” Durkee said in court. “I take full and complete responsibility for what I have done.”

The arrest of the longtime treasurer for Democratic politicians left the campaigns of a number of elected officials in disarray.

Please contonue @:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-usa-campaign-fraud-idUSBRE8AR1D720121128

 

For more about Kinde Durkee, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/kinde-durkee/

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Leslie Brodie Report Addendum to Senator Dianne Fienstein’s Husband Richard Blum Kinde Durkee, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, CaliforniaALL, Carry Zellerbach (AKA Mary Ellen), University of Phoenix, Howard Dickstein Connection: Station Casinos


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

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


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


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

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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, operativeDonna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

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

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

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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In his study of the Station Casinos connection, Bryne reports

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

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

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

More info….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Reading:

“Both sides hold jokers on Indian casino”

“MIG Attack”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Station Casinos Wikipedia Profile

Station Casinos Inc. is a gaming company based in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Nevada, founded by Frank Fertitta Jr.[1][2]

Station Casinos along with Boyd Gaming, Cannery Casino Resorts, American Casino & Entertainment Properties, and Herbst Gaming, dominate the Locals market in Las Vegas.

The company purchased several sites that were gaming-entitled, meaning that major casinos can be built at that location without additional approvals. There are only a limited number of such sites available in the Las Vegas area.

Station has also branched out into managing casinos that they do not own.

Contents

History

The company started out as a locals casino operator in 1976 opening the Bingo Palace. This establishment was later renamed Palace Station. The company went public with an IPO in 1993.

On December 4, 2006, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, and Colony Capital LLC, operating as Fertitta Colony Partners, made a highly leveraged offer to purchase all existing shares at $82 per share and take the company private.[3] The Fertitta brothers, their sister Delise Sartini, and Blake Sartini, her husband, with a combined investment of $870.1 million, purchased a 25% stake in Fertitta Colony Partners. Colony Capital contributed $2.6 billion for a 75% share.[4] As of November 7, 2007, the company’s stock (old symbol STN) was no longer listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

In March 2008, both Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta were listed as billionaires in Forbe’s annual list of the world’s billionaires, but the purchase loaded the company with billions in debt. As of May 2011, Frank was ranked 1057th on the list of world’s billionaires, Lorenzo was ranked at 1140th. Both were tied for these rankings with several others.

On July 28, 2009 Station Casinos filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Station Casinos’ filing listed $5.7 billion in assets against $6.5 billion in debt. The filing said the company has 510 holders of unsecured and subordinate debt totaling $4.4 billion.[5] On August 21, 2009, Frank Fertitta Jr., the founder of Station Casinos and father of the Fertitta brothers, died from complications of a heart condition.

Station Casinos finally exited bankruptcy in June 2011 with $4 billion less in debt, and with creditors putting the company’s 18 casinos back in the hands of the Fertitta family. The Fertitta brothers agreed to put nearly $200 million in the reassembled company, and now own 45 percent of its outstanding shares. The other new equity owners include the company’s main secured lenders, Deutsche Bank AG, which now holds 25 percent, JPMorgan Chase with a 15 percent stake, and former unsecured bondholders hold an additional 15 percent, according to lawyers on the deal.[6]

Officers

  • Station Casinos
    • Frank Fertitta III, Chairman & CEO
    • Tom Friel, CFO
    • Scott Nielson, CDO
    • Kevin Kelley, COO
    • Rich Haskins, General Counsel

Casinos owned

Station Casinos

Brand Name Casino Gaming area Opened or acquired open/acq. 50%
Station Casinos Boulder Station 89,443 sq ft (8,309.5 m2) August 23, 1994 open
Station Casinos Green Valley Ranch 133,659 sq ft (12,417.3 m2) December 18, 2001 open Yes
Station Casinos Palace Station 84,000 sq ft (7,800 m2) July 1, 1976 open
Station Casinos Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino 119,309 sq ft (11,084.2 m2) April 18, 2006 open
Station Casinos Santa Fe Station 156,401 sq ft (14,530.1 m2) October 2, 2000 acq.
Station Casinos Sunset Station 133,409 sq ft (12,394.1 m2) June 10, 1997 open
Station Casinos Texas Station 123,045 sq ft (11,431.3 m2) July 12, 1995 open
Fiesta Casinos Fiesta Henderson 73,450 sq ft (6,824 m2) January 4, 2001 acq.
Fiesta Casinos Fiesta Rancho 59,951 sq ft (5,569.6 m2) January 4, 2001 acq.
Wildfire Gaming Wildfire Casino 6,800 sq ft (630 m2) January 27, 2003 acq. Yes
Wildfire Gaming Wildfire Lanes 6,750 sq ft (627 m2) June 26, 2008 acq.
Wildfire Gaming Wildfire Boulder 6,700 sq ft (620 m2) August 2, 2004 acq.
Wildfire Gaming Barley’s 5,190 sq ft (482 m2) January 18, 1996 open Yes
Wildfire Gaming Wildfire Sunset 4,700 sq ft (440 m2) August 2, 2004 acq.
Wildfire Gaming Lake Mead Lounge 3,500 sq ft (330 m2) acq.
Wildfire Gaming The Greens Cafe 1,088 sq ft (101.1 m2) open Yes
Wildfire Gaming Wild Wild West 11,250 sq ft (1,045 m2) July 6, 1998 acq. Yes
  • 50% joint ownership is with Greenspun Corporation
  • Although not branded separately, Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Casino are in a distinctly different upscale market niche from the other five station casinos
  • Wildfire Boulder was formerly Magic Star Casino
  • Wildfire Lanes was formerly Renata’s Bowling
  • Wildfire Sunset was formerly Gold Rush casino

Casinos

Development sites

All the Nevada sites below are gaming-entitled, unless otherwise noted. Gaming-entitled means that a casino can be built on that location without special approvals.

  • Las Vegas area
    • Flamingo Road-At Clark County 215 and Town Center Drive, Summerlin
    • A site located near Cactus Road on the South Las Vegas Blvd.
    • Durango Station On South Durango Drive at Clark County 215 near the Rhodes Ranch planned community. Announced plans for a bowling alley and movie theater at this location. The design is shown to be similar to the of Red Rock Station.
    • Siena-Across from the Siena age-restricted community on Town Center Drive, Summerlin.
    • Station Casinos continues to own the land that the former Castaways (Boulder Highway location) used to stand on.
    • The Wild Wild West hotel on West Tropicana. Due to the special proximity of this site to the Las Vegas Strip, Station intends to build a tourist oriented megaresort on this site.
  • Reno area
    • Convention Center- Across from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. An 8-acre (3.2 ha) site acquired in 2005.
    • Geiger Grade-At the intersection of Geiger Grade Road and South Virginia Street. A 96-acre (39 ha) site acquired in 2005.
    • Mt. Rose-At the intersection of Mt. Rose Highway and US 395. A 50-acre (20 ha) site acquired in 2005. Not gaming entitled.

References

  1. ^ Interactive Map Viewer.” City of Las Vegas. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Map.” Station Casinos. Retrieved on June 5, 2009.
  3. ^ “Founders Lead Station Casinos Bid”. Forbes. December 4, 2006.
  4. ^ Knightly, Arnold. “GOING PRIVATE: Fertittas will cash, take stake”. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  5. ^ “Station Casinos files for Chapter 11”.
  6. ^ http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2011/06/stationcasinosexit.html

External links

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

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

Said document is located @:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Contents

History

Early years

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

Governmental lawsuits and investigations

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

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

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

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

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

Campuses

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

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

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

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

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

Academics

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

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

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

Admissions and financial aid

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

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

eCampus

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

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

Accreditation

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

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

Organization and administration

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

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

Marketing and advertising

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

People

Students

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Photo: Rick Gerharter

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

The Financialization of Capital Accumulation

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

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

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

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

Corporate Neoliberalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Rick Gerharter

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

Imperialism, Militarism and War

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

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

Managed “Democracy”: A Corporate Dominated Political System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ecological Crisis

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

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

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

Conclusion: Blum-Feinstein and the Corporate State

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

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

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

Richard Blum (image:courtesy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster capitalism  

 

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

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

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

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

 

Chain schools get the third degree 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 Students as cash machines 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UC is an investor in both educational corporations. 

 The UC connection 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foundation Hog Stewart Kwoh also Identified as Director of California Endowment / California Wellness Foundation (TLR Note: Bloomberg/Business Week neglects to mention Kwoh’s involvement at CCPF — subsequent to mysterious death of Nelson Holl)


GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK DIRECTORS : (L-R) Donna Lucas, Richard Claussen, William Hauck and Pat Fong Kushida of sham entity CaliforniaALL


CALIFORNIA FORWARD DIRECTORS: Donna Lucas, Sunne McPeak, William Hauck, Stewart Kwoh of sham entity California Consumer Protection Foundation


LUCAS PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Donna Lucas, AARP’s Barbara O’Connor


VENOCO DIRECTORS : Donna Lucas, Mark Snell of Sempra Energy


CALIFORNIA EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND DIRECTORS: Sunne McPeak, AARP’s Barbara O’Connor


UC’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY: Donna Lucas, Marty Africa


THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT / BLUE CROSS CONNECTION — Donna Lucas, William Hauck, and Cal End’s Daniel Zingale

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Stewart Kwoh serves as the President and Executive Director at Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. Mr. Kwoh serves as Trustee of Southern California Public Radio. He serves as a Director at California Wellness Foundation, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Fannie Mae Foundation and PolicyLink, Inc. He served as Director of The California Endowment.

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California Wellness Foundation

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Phone: 1-818-593-6600
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Description: California Wellness Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with over $1.02 billion in assets under management. The foundation primarily focuses on health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention. It was established in 1992 and is based in Woodland Hills, California.

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Kenneth Kizer, Director
Ezra Davidson, Director
Magdalena Del Olmo, Board Member
Cecilia Laiche, Officer
Barbara Marshall, Director
Earl Mink, Director
Stewart Kwoh, Director
Amy Scop, Director
Peggy Saika, Director
Luz Vega-Marquis, Chairman

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Ruth Brousseau, Executive Director
Ruth Holton-Hodson, Director of Public Policyz
Beltr??n-del Olmo, Director of Communications
Douglas Patino, Vice Chairman and Director

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URGENT- BREAKING NEWS: CleanTECH San Diego Removes Name of Deposed UC Scripps’s Tony Haymet From Website Amid Exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report; Red Flags Over Latham & Watkins, Lucas, Africa, Brosnahan;YR:Remain Calm – I’m on the Case

Tony Haymet

 

DEVELOPING STORY……

Following on the heels of exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report, San Diego-based CleanTECH quicly moved to redact the name of deposed Tony Haymet from its web-site.

Yesterday, The Leslie Brodie Report published a profile of CleanTECH, including the names of Leadership / Board of Directors See@:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/profile-of-cleantech-non-profit-…

 

MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. We accomplish this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutes, and government and non-profit organizations.

 

Leadership

 

However, as of today, the name of Haymet is nowhere to be found.

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See @: http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/board-of-directors.html

 

BREAKING…….. DEVELOPING…….

The Leslie Brodie Report Launched Journalistic Inquiry Into Events Surrounding Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tony Haymet, CleanTECH, Donna Lucas, Marty Africa

Amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, The Leslie Brodie Report has launched a journalistic inquiry into events surrounding San Diego-based Scripps Institution of Oceanography (“SIO”), and directors Tony Haymet, Donna Lucas, and Marty Africa.

 

Tony Haymet

Haymet, 56, is “the tenth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Haymet also serves as UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences, and is a professor of oceanography at Scripps. He joined Scripps in 2006,” according to SIO. (Image: courtesy)

According to incomplete and misleading infomation issued by the University of California “Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, (http://www.geomar.de/en/) and chair the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Council (http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-oceans-2012-0). The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

The Leslie Brodie Report has managed to confirm that Hayment is taking a sabbatical from October 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. 

The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Haymet is presently employed at Los Angeles-based Phillips & Associates — a financial planning and fundraising counsel for not-for-profit institutions and organizations.

According to Phillips & Associates, “Tony’ principal responsibilities focus on our firm’s assignment in the development of a new non-profit organization at the Port of Los Angeles.”

The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Hayment is also employed at Pegasus Capital Advisors — a private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to companies across a variety of industries.

It was not immidietly clear what, if any, are Haymet’s plans as far as CleanTECH —  a private, non-profit member organization he launched in 2007.

CleanTECH_San_Diego_Team

CleanTECH San Diego Leadership Team Marty Turock, Tony Haymet, Lisa Bicker, James T. Waring, Holly Smithson,Jennifer Jamall,  and Kelley Gale — Vice Chair & Partner at Latham & Watkins (image:courtesy)

To be continued.

University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director CleanTech’sTony Haymet is Taking a Sabbatical

Tony Haymet

 

Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, (http://www.geomar.de/en/) and chair the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Council (http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-oceans-2012-0). The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Tony Haymet has been Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at University of California, San Diego, since September 2006. He is co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to the solution of the climate change problem, and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He is elected to the board of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and appointed to many boards and advisory committees, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. Dr. Haymet is a highly distinguished researcher who has published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and numerous Op-Ed pieces in leading newspapers around the world. He was formerly Chief of Marine and Atmospheric Science and then the Science and Policy Director at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. Dr. Haymet is a tenured Professor of Oceanography at Scripps, and of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSD. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a Doctor and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Sources: http://www.sio.ucsd.edu/About/Director/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profile of CleanTECH — Non-Profit Launched by Deposed UC’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tony Haymet [TLR Note: Relevant to explain Donna Lucas and James Brosnahan’s alleged paramour (Martha Africa) part of Scripps]

CleanTECH San Diego is a private, non-profit member organization formed in 2007. As one of the nation’s premier cleantech cluster organizations, its mission is to position the region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. CleanTECH San Diego serves as a catalyst for a diverse group of stakeholders to advance a common agenda.

 

MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. We accomplish this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutes, and government and non-profit organizations.

 

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Energy

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Professional Services

 

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Source: http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/board-of-directors.html

Addendum #1 to Lucas Public Affairs’ Profile of Donna Lucas — TLR Note: Sources maintain Lucas conveniently forgot to include Golden Pacific Bancorp – Golden Pacific Bank

Profile of Donna Lucas as presently found @ http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/team/donna-lucas/

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

One of the nation’s foremost public affairs strategists and a widely recognized expert in media relations and political affairs, Lucas has provided strategic counsel to large corporate clients, labor unions, non-profits, initiative campaigns, and political candidates. She also has worked on several statewide initiative campaigns on a variety of policy issues including gaming, housing, education, local government, campaign finance, and energy.

Prior to forming Lucas Public Affairs in 2006, Lucas served as a deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Previously, Lucas was the global and public affairs practice leader for Porter Novelli, an international PR firm, after Porter Novelli acquired Nelson Communications Group, where she served as president and CEO for several years.

Lucas also served as deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush.

Currently Lucas serves on the Boards of Directors for California Forward, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), the California Chamber of Commerce, Venoco, Inc. (NYSE:VQ), the College Access Foundation, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; and is a faculty member of the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics 2012 Project.

Previously Lucas was the chairperson of the American Association of Political Consultants, a member of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a board member of the California Musical Theater Company. She also received the 2009 Crystals Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Communications Profession from the Sacramento chapter of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Donna was named one of Sacramento’s 100 most powerful people by Sacramento Magazine and distinguished as one of the most powerful political strategists by Capitol Weekly.

Donna is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism. She and her husband, political satirist and former Bureau Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, Greg Lucas, live in Sacramento with their teenage daughter, Katie.”

Source: http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/team/donna-lucas/

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Golden Pacific Bancorp

Golden Pacific Bancorp To Open First N. Calif. Startup Bank for 2008

Rough Times? Perfect Timing For New Bank Opening in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A team that includes some of the Sacramento regions most experienced business and banking industry veterans is launching Golden Pacific Bancorp (GPB), which will open Sacramento-headquartered Golden Pacific Bank, a proposed federal savings bank, this December as the only startup bank in Northern California for 2008.

“Right now, many banks are preserving their capital, limiting the amount they will lend. This is affecting both small businesses, which rely on credit lines to maintain operations, and homebuyers who are having a hard time obtaining a mortgage”

The timing of the launch coincides with a financial market meltdown. But what is adversity for existing banks can be opportunity for new ones, say Golden Pacific officials.

Were starting with fresh capital, a problem-free balance sheet and a clear sense of direction. The banking landscape will be different after this crisis. To achieve success, it will require experienced leadership, a focus on quality underwriting, and the ability to regain the customers trust. Thats the advantage Golden Pacific Bank has as one of the few start-ups entering the marketplace, said Golden Pacific Bancorp Chief Executive Officer Kirk Dowdell.

Dowdell brings more than 21 years of banking experience to Golden Pacific, most recently as chief executive officer of Western Sierra National Bank. Larry Kurmel will serve as chairman of the board of directors. Kurmel was the chief executive officer of the California Bankers Association (CBA) between 1988 and 1999 before retiring. Prior to joining the CBA, Kurmel was the chief executive officer from 1985 to 1988 with the California State Teachers Retirement System, the nations fifth largest public pension fund, which serves over 500,000 active and retired teachers. Roy Malone will serve as president of the bank. Malone has a 17 year history in the banking industry, having spent the previous 11 with Dowdell at Western Sierra National Bank.

Right now, many banks are preserving their capital, limiting the amount they will lend. This is affecting both small businesses, which rely on credit lines to maintain operations, and homebuyers who are having a hard time obtaining a mortgage, said Malone. This creates a great opportunity for us to step in and meet the needs of healthy businesses and qualified consumers.

GPB will launch a statewide effort to repopulate many of Californias underserved communities with new community banking franchises. Golden Pacific Bank will be the first bank for what will become a statewide network of community-based banks. This will fill a growing void due to large, out-of-state banks buying out California-based banks. In the Sacramento region alone, there are now fewer locally based community banks with a smaller market share than anytime within the past decade.

Golden Pacific Bank will open its headquarters and first branch in downtown Sacramento this December inside the former US Bank Building at 980 Ninth Street. It will operate as a federal savings bank, regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision. Golden Pacific Bank will engage in traditional mortgage and commercial banking activities with an emphasis on developing business and professional clientele within the greater Sacramento region.

In addition to Kurmel and Dowdell, other GPB board members are: Robert Aguallo, Jr., past general manager of the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System; Richard Claussen, founding partner of Goddard Claussen Strategic Advocacy; Patricia A. Fong Kushida, president and CEO of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; Brice Harris, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District; William Hauck, president and CEO of the California Business Roundtable; Robert Kittredge, retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Donna Lucas, founder of Lucas Public Affairs, a statewide strategic communications firm; Cassandra Walker Pye, senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, a global communications consultancy; Frank Washington, chairman and CEO of media company Tower of Babel LLC; and Allen Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Joining Malone as executive officers of Golden Pacific Bank are Carol Corsetti as chief credit officer, a former vice president of Pacific National Bank in Sacramento; Krista Snelling, CPA, as chief financial officer, previously chief financial officer for Liberty Reverse Mortgage and Hanson McClain, and prior controller of Placer Sierra Bank; Harry Gunsallus as chief information officer, most recently chief information officer with Placer Sierra Bank; Colleen Mahaffey as treasury solutions officer; and Benson Louie as technology solutions manager, who had previously teamed up with Mahaffey to run the corporate cash management California division for Umpqua Bank and Western Sierra National Bank.

GPB will initially focus on growth in Northern California and ultimately intends to expand statewide not just with branches, but with more locally based affiliates that will be member banks supported by their local communities. Plans call for this expansion to start taking place after the Sacramento-based bank is up and running.

It is our belief that locally based banks are the institutional glue for their communities. Deposits are invested locally and lending decisions are made locally. This dynamic supports a communitys financial health. Golden Pacific Bank is committed to the long-term health of Sacramento. We know the acquisition of local banks by regional or national banks can have devastating effects on a communitys financial well-being, Kurmel said.

 

Contacts

for GPB
Will Holbert, 916-446-9900
wholbert@rs-e.com

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20081027006226/en/Golden-Pacific-Bancor…

 

 

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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.

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URGENT… BREAKING NEWS… DEVELOPING… Voice of OC… Entity Launched by Joe Dunn… Girardi… Brosnahan …. Connection to Kinde Durkee … 1212 Victory Blvd….. DEVELOPING….. HUGE…..

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BACKGROUND:

1.  On September 1, 2011,  according to sources seeking anonymity, YR had sent Voice of OC’s Norberto Santana and David Washburn a request to make available for inspection Voice of OC’s tax return as allowed by  rules and regulation issued by the IRS.

The request was absolutely necessary, as the documents requested were otherwise unavailable on sites such as guidestar.org or foundationcenter.org.

According to these sources, YR wrote:

Re: Request for Production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, Form 1023 to Voice of OC and Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency

Dear Mr. Santana and Mr. Washburn:

Consistent with U.S.Internal Revenue Service Regulations, please consider this communication a formal request to the “Voice of OC” and the “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” to produce their IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well  Form 1023.  This request is for all documents submitted to the IRS within the past three years, which generally means the three most recent returns.

Said regulations require that these documents be produced within 30 days.  The Voice of OC and Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency are entitled to charge reasonable costs for any copying and mailing costs incurred in relation to this request.  Alternatively, you can email the documents to me as PDF attachments.  I prefer the latter method.  However, if for some reason, you prefer to copy and mail the documents, please send them to the following address:

In that California State Bar Executive-Director Senator Joseph Dunn established the Voice of OC, and as I conduct my business in the open, several individuals associated with the State Bar are also cc:d on this list.  I ask that you please ignore the CC list for any other purpose.

I also ask that you draw no conclusion or develop any concern from the mere fact that this request is being made about you, the Voice of OC, Senator Dunn, or any other individual or entity.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

2.    Voice of OC ignored the above request, and around December of 2011, YR sumitted a formal complanit to the IRS.  See 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 http://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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Wikipedia Profile (TLR Note: Owners Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric/ Sempra — clients of Munger Tolles & Olson and DLA Piper, Respectively )

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is a nuclear power plant located on the Pacific coast of California, in the northwestern corner of San Diego County, south of San Clemente. The site is surrounded by the San Onofre State Park and sits next to highway Interstate 5. The landmark spherical containment buildings around the reactors are designed to prevent unexpected releases of radiation. The closest tectonic fault line is the Cristianitos fault, which is considered inactive. The plant has been the site of many protests by anti-nuclear groups.

The facility is operated by Southern California Edison. Edison International, parent of SCE, holds 78.2% ownership in the plant; San Diego Gas & Electric Company, 20%; and the City of Riverside Utilities Department, 1.8%. The plant employs over 2000 people. The plant is located in Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region IV.

The plant’s two reactors (Units 2 and 3) have been shut down since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in steam generators, which apparently contributed to the accidental release of a small amount of radioactive steam.

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Reactors

Unit 1, a first generation Westinghouse pressurized water reactor that operated for 25 years, closed permanently in 1992, and has been dismantled and is used as a storage site for spent fuel. It had a spherical containment of concrete and steel with the smallest wall being 6 feet (1.8 m) thick. Units 2 and 3, Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactors, continue generate 1,172 MWe and 1,178 MWe respectively.

2012 shutdown

Unit 2 shut in early January 2012 for refueling and replacement of the reactor vessel head.[5] Both reactors at San Onofre have been shut since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011. Plant officials have pledged not to restart the units until the cause of the tube leak and tube degradation are understood, and the units are expected to be offline during the summer.[5]

In March 2012, former nuclear power executive Arnold Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, prepared a report that argued that “design modifications in the newly installed steam generators, such as different alloy for the tubes, led to problems at the plant”. In April 2012, in a sign of mounting concern over the shutdown, the top U.S. nuclear official, Gregory Jaczko, toured the facility with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican.[6] The shutdown in 2012 was not due to an earthquake or tsunami but instead due to poor design of the replacement steam generators that included many design changes and were not reviewed by the Nuclear Regulator Commission.[7]

In May 2012, two retired natural gas electrical generators were brought back online to help replace the lost power generation, however the Huntington Beach Power Station only produces 440Mw of power.[8][9]

As of July 2012, the cost related to the shutdown has reached $165 million, with $117 million of that being the purchasing of power from other sources to replace the output of the plant.[10] As a result, the Chairman of Edison International Ted Carver has stated that there is a possibility that reactor 3 maybe scrapped as “It is not clear at this time whether Unit 3 will be able to restart without extensive additional repairs”.[10]

The station had technical problems prior to those of 2012. For instance, as the July 12, 1982 edition of Time states, “The firm Bechtel was … embarrassed in 1977, when it installed a 420-ton nuclear-reactor vessel backwards” at San Onofre.[11]

Safety culture

According to the NRC, workers at San Onofre are “afraid they will be retaliated against if they bring up safety problems, something that’s against the rules”.[12] As of 2011, there has been progress on the issue, says the NRC, but there is still more work to do. So far, the problems have not threatened the safety of plant workers or the public. San Clemente Green is an environmental group opposed to the continued operation of the San Onofre nuclear plant.[12]

Environmental risk and mitigation

Southern California Edison states the station was “built to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake directly under the plant”.[13] Additionally, there is a 25-foot tsunami wall to protect the plant from a rogue wave that could be potentially generated by the active fault 5 miles offshore.[14]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at San Onofre was 1 in 58,824, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.[15][16]

Unlike many pressurized water reactors, but like some other seaside facilities in Southern California, the San Onofre plant uses seawater for cooling, and thus lacks the iconic large cooling towers typically associated with nuclear generating stations. However, changes to water-use regulations may require construction of such cooling towers in the future to avoid further direct use of seawater. Limited available land next to SONGS would likely require towers to be built on the opposite side of Interstate 5.[17]

Anti-nuclear protests

On August 6, 1977, about a thousand anti-nuclear protesters marched outside the nuclear generation station, while units 2 & 3 were under construction.[18]

On June 22, 1980, about 15,000 people attended a protest near San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.[19]

On March 11, 2012, activists protested the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to mark the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Over 200 people rallied in San Onofre State Beach to listen to several speakers, including two Japanese residents who lived through the Fukushima meltdowns and Raymond Lutz. Though local leaders and industry officials say that a disaster like Fukushima is unlikely at San Onofre, the activists point to the plant’s safety record, earthquake risk, location on the coast quite similar to that in Japan, and the fact that as of March 2012, San Onofre’s reactors were “off-line due to leaks and wear and tear to the generator tubes. Speakers at the event said they would like for the generators to remain off”.[20]

Environmental and anti-nuclear activists gathered at Southern California Edison’s Irvine headquarters in May 2012 calling for the San Onofre plant to be decommissioned. They also called for Edison to spend more money implementing energy conservation programs and suggested the formation of a working group to encourage consumers to save energy. The plant’s shutdown has drawn scrutiny from elected officials, including Sen. Barbara Boxer, who asked Edison and the NRC whether design changes in the steam generators were properly reviewed.[21]

In popular culture

In the James W. Huston novel, Fallout, Pakistani Air Force Pilots attempt to bomb San Onofre using stolen California Air National Guard F-16s. In the James Bond novel License Renewed by John Gardner, it was one of six nuclear power stations in the terrorist/blackmail plot “Meltdown” planned by The Laird of Murcaldy, Anton Murik. In the science fiction novel Timescape, by Gregory Benford, the nuclear plants at San Onofre raised the water temperature along the adjacent coast, which stimulated aquatic life.

The generating station was also featured in the 1983 documentary film Koyaanisqatsi and the 1988 comedy film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. It was featured as the first landmark in the San Diego level of the 1998 video game California Speed.

In the 2011 television series The Event, the fuel rods were removed from San Onofre to thwart the aliens’ plan to steal the uranium to build a “transportation array”.

In the role-playing game Shadowrun, San Onofre is destroyed by an earthquake in the year 2028 and sealed similarly to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.[22]

Surrounding population

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: 1) a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and 2) an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[23] The average prevailing westward wind direction at San Onofre blows inland 9 months of the year.[24]

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of San Onofre was 92,687, an increase of 50.0 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 8,460,508, an increase of 14.9 percent since 2000.[25] Three of the cities within 20 miles of the the facility are San Clamente and Laguna Beach in Orange County and Oceanside in San Diego County.[26][27] San Diego is 45 miles south of the facility, and Los Angeles is 60 miles north of the facility.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ “Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station”. Los Angeles Times. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ Rob Davis (28 July 2012). “The Trouble With the San Onofre Nuclear Plant”. Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ “San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)”. Edison International. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. ^ Professor Dennis Silverman (12 April 2012). “Cost and Area of Replacing San Onofre Nuclear Energy by Solar Photovoltaics”. Energy Blog. University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b Eileen O’Grady (March 21, 2012). “Grid looking at extended San Onofre nuclear outage”. Reuters.
  6. ^ Alex Dobuzinskis (Apr 7, 2012). “No timetable for restarting California nuclear plant: Jaczko”. Reuters.
  7. ^ Arnie Gundersen MSNE (March 27, 2012). “Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre”. Fairewinds Associates, Burlington, Vermont, USA.
  8. ^ Eric Wolff (11 May 2012). “http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/business/energy/energy-huntington-beach-power-plant-helps-fuel-region-s-electric/article_3f58c15b-2aa2-5fe2-b817-198d8d6db647.html”. North County Times. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  9. ^ “H.B. Generators”. Huntington Beach Wave. Associated Press: p. 3. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (31 August 2012). “Bill for damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant in California hits $165 million, and counting”. Washington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ “The Master Builders from Bechtel”. Time. July 12, 1982.
  12. ^ a b Onell R. Soto (April 28, 2011). “Anti-nuclear protest planned at NRC meeting”. SignOnSanDiego.
  13. ^ Catherine Saillant (14 March 2011). “San Onofre nuclear plant can withstand up to 7.0 quake, is protected by a 25-foot tsunami wall, Edison says”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  14. ^ Christopher Helman (14 March 2012). “Could San Diego’s Oceanside Nuke Plant Survive A Tsunami?”. Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  15. ^ Bill Dedman, “What are the odds? US nuke plants ranked by quake risk,” msnbc.com, March 17, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42103936/ Accessed April 19, 2011.
  16. ^ http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Sections/NEWS/quake%20nrc%20risk%20estimates.pdf
  17. ^ “State to power plants: stop sucking in seawater”. The Orange County Register.
  18. ^ “Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station”. Los Angeles Times. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  19. ^ Williams, Eesha. Wikipedia distorts nuclear history Valley Post, May 1, 2008.
  20. ^ Jameson Steed (March 12, 2012). “Anti nuclear groups protest San Onofre”. Daily Titan.
  21. ^ “Protesters ask Edison to decommission San Onofre nuclear plant”. LA Times. May 23, 2012.
  22. ^ Corporate Enclaves, p.33, Catalyst Game Labs 2007
  23. ^ http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/emerg-plan-prep-nuc-power-bg.html
  24. ^ http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/clilcd.pl?ca23188
  25. ^ Bill Dedman, Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors, msnbc.com, April 14, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42555888/ns/us_news-life/ Accessed May 1, 2011.
  26. ^ Rick Rojas (30 March 2012). “Fear grows in O.C. cities near San Onofre nuclear plant”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 August 2012. “Officials in nearby San Clemente and Laguna Beach — both within 20 miles of the San Onofre facility — have registered their fears after significant wear was found on hundreds of tubes carrying radioactive water inside the plant’s generators.”
  27. ^ Jamie Reno (29 May 2012). “With Summer Approaching, the Heat Is On to Re-open the San Onofre Nuclear Plant”. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 11 August 2012. “Karen Garland, a married mother of two who lives in Oceanside, 17 miles south of the plant, recalls the the blackout that affected San Diego and Orange Counties last September.”
  28. ^ Tina Gerhardt (23 July 2012). “San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Remain Shuttered”. Washington Monthly. Retrieved 12 August 2012. “The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant rests on the Pacific Coast 60 miles south of Los Angeles and 45 miles north of San Diego, the second and eighth largest cities in the U.S. respectively. The nuclear power plant is within 50 miles of 8.5 million people.”

External links

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Edison International of Rosemead California Wikipedia Profile

Edison International is a public utility holding company based in Rosemead, California. Its subsidiaries include Southern California Edison, and un-regulated non-utility assets Edison Mission Energy and Midwest Generation, power producers, and Edison Capital. Edison’s roots trace back to Holt & Knupps, a company founded in 1886 as a provider of street lights in Visalia, California.

For the first nine months of 2010 power generation unit, Edison Mission Energy (EME) produced 22.091 GWh of electricity a 2% increase over the corresponding period in 2009.[2]

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History

The company was first incorporated in 1909 as Southern California Edison Company after Southern California acquired the assets of Edison Electric Company; it was known as Southern California Edison until 1996 when it adopted its current name in recognition of its growing business abroad and in other industry sectors. Edison first became a holding company in 1988 when it made a small change to its original name, becoming known as SCEcorp.

In 2001 Edison’s main holding, Southern California Edison faced bankruptcy after a state senate bill regarding financial assistance came up short (by $1 billion).[3]

Recent moves

In November 2010 Edison sold its 48% interest in the Four Corners coal-fired power plant in New Mexico (units 4 and 5 while units 1,2 and 3 will be closed because of being older) for $294 million to Pinnacle West Capital Corp (of Arizona Public Service). The move was the direct result of a new California law requiring utility companies to exit coal-fired power production (even the renewing of contracts is disallowed), and forces Edison to purchase more power from the market.[4]

Later that month, on the 24th of November the Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois) approved a request made by Edison’s Midwest business (Edison Mission Energy) to install pollution control equipment to its coal fired power plants (as a last resort to shutting down the plants; stricter rules and costly penalties related to air quality forced Edison into that position). The equipment makes use of a sodium based, dry scrubbing system intended to reduce SO2 emissions (there’s also the alternative, removing the sulfur components of coal before burning it as fuel). Edison hasn’t made any final decisions but the EPA ruling gives Edison’s Waukegan power plant (coal, unit 7) in Illinois an alternative to shutting down.[5]

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2 shut in early January 2012 for refueling and replacement of the reactor vessel head. Both reactors at San Onofre have been shut since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in massive steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011. Plant officials have pledged not to restart the units until the cause of the tube leak and tube degradation are understood, and the units are expected to be offline during the summer.

In April 2012, in a sign of mounting concern over the shutdown, the top U.S. nuclear official, Gregory Jaczko, toured the facility with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican.

 

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David Werdegar, Ex-CEO of Institute on Aging is Hereby Asked to Disclose, If Known, Whether Dianne Emiel Goldman (AKA Sen. Dianne Feinstein) – Daughter of Late Dr. Leon Goldman of UCSF – Is Related to the Largest Donor of IOA, the Late Richard Goldman

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a controversy, David Werdegar –  Ex-CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging – is hereby being asked to disclose, if known, whether Dianne Emiel Goldman (now known as Sen. Dianne Feinstein) – daughter of late Dr. Leon Goldman of UCSF –  is related to the largest donor of Institute on Aging — the late Richard Goldman.

Richard Goldman Ronald George

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Dr. David Werdegar directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

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

Orly Taitz Assails Dianne Feinstein / J. Street PAC — Entity Associated with Jeremy Ben-Ami and Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento, California

Prominent California attorney, Rancho Santa Margarita-based Dr. Orly Taitz has declared in no uncertain terms her opposition to left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street.  The announcement came on the heels of Dianne Feinstein’s acceptance of an  endorsement from the highly controversial J Street — an entity headed by Jeremy Ben-Ami. 

In reply to Feinstein’s endorsement, embattled gambling attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento-based Dickstein & Zerbi J stated to the media: “Her (Feinstein) views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard , a board member of J Street’s political action committee .

Taitz, who is running against Feinstein adamantly opposes the J-Street/Feinstein position, stated:

“J-street is a far Left organization which advocates cutting up Jerusalem and giving a big part of Jerusalem to Palestinians, dismantling all of the Jewish settlements and towns in Judea and Samaria. They are more radical than many Palestinians. The fact that Feinstein accepted their endorsement speaks volumes. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence committee. Endorsing such radical views will not promote peace and doesn’t mesh with her position as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Dickstein, who is  widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

Amid New Revelations of Howard Dickstein – Dianne Feinstein Connection Via J. Street PAC, The Leslie Brodie Report Republishes Press Release by FBI / Andre Birotte and Attached TLR’s Note Re Indictment of Gary Kovall / Peggy Shambaugh in 29 Casino Scheme

Originally published on May 11, 2012.

 

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 10, 2012  — Source : http://tinyurl.com/7olej2f

An attorney for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is among four people who have been indicted on federal bribery and money laundering charges for allegedly participating in scheme in which associates of the lawyer hired to provide assistance to the tribe paid kickbacks to the attorney.

The 48-count grand jury indictment returned yesterday afternoon names:

  • Gary Edward Kovall, 66, of Ely, Minnesota, a licensed California attorney who acted as legal counsel for the tribe;
  • David Alan Heslop, 74, of Templeton, who, on Kovall’s recommendation, was hired by the tribe to oversee some tribal business;
  • Paul Phillip Bardos, 57, of Rancho Cucamonga, a general contractor; and
  • Peggy Anne Shambaugh, 56, of Ely, Minnesota, who is Kovall’s wife.

All four defendants have agreed to appear for arraignments tomorrow in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

According to the indictment, Kovall advised the tribe to create a limited liability company to purchase real estate, and the attorney convinced the tribe to hire Heslop as the company’s manager. Kovall and Heslop then recommended that the tribe hire Bardos to act as the tribe’s “owner’s representative” in several construction projects at the Spotlight 29 Casino. When additional construction or construction oversight became necessary in relation to casino projects, Bardos submitted proposals to perform the work, and Kovall persuaded the tribe to give Bardos the contracts. After being paid by the tribe, Bardos paid kickbacks to Heslop who, in turn, paid kickbacks to Kovall though Shambaugh.

The indictment alleges that in 2007 Bardos paid Heslop more than $186,577, most of which was then funneled to Shambaugh.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to the prosecution of corruption and fraud in all of their guises,” said United States Attorney André Birotte, Jr. ‘This case demonstrates that our commitment extends to vigorously pursuing cases against unscrupulous individuals who abuse their positions to take advantage of Native American tribes.”

The indictment charges all four defendants with conspiracy. Additionally, Kovall, Bardos, and Shambaugh are charged with eight counts of bribery, while Heslop is charged with 16 counts of bribery. In addition to the conspiracy and bribery charges based on the kickback scheme, Bardos is charged with eight counts of money laundering, Heslop is charged with seven counts of money laundering, and Shambaugh is charged with two counts money laundering.

“IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to aggressively investigating those individuals who conspire to commit bribery and launder those illicit funds to hide their criminal activities,” said Leslie P. Demarco, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Office. “IRS-CI will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that all who secure lucrative contracts play by the same rules.”

Steven Martinez, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, stated, “The charges allege the defendants in this case deprived the victims—the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians—of honest leadership and took advantage of their positions of trust by lining their own pockets with the tribe’s money, including government funding designated for necessary services. The FBI will continue to work with our partners at the IRS and the United States Attorney’s Office to protect groups targeted through corrupt practices and investigate those responsible.”

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

If they are convicted of all counts in the indictment:

  • Kovall would face a maximum statutory sentence of 75 years in feeral prison and a fine of $2 million;
  • Heslop would face a statutory maximum sentence of 225 years in federal prison and a fine of $5.75 million;
  • Bardos would face a statutory maximum sentence of 155 years in federal prison and a fine of $4 million; and
  • Shambaugh would face a statutory maximum sentence of 105 years in federal prison and a fine of $2.75 million.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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TLR Note:

Sources familiar with the situation theorized the above mentioned indictment came about as part of a scheme involving Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis, confederates Howard Dickstein/Jeannine English, John Keker ; as well as other operatives within the Democratic Party. 

The objective of said scheme:

1) John Keker will be summoned as defense counsel.

2) Howard Dickstein to assume control of the Tribe/Casino.

3) As consideration, Keker/Dickstein will funnel money to Diane Fienstein’s re-election campaign.

The Leslie Brodie Report rejects the above, to wit:

While It is common knowledge that Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis is under the  control of John Keker/Jon Streeter/Thomas Girardi and is otherwise a confederate of Jeannine English — spouse of tribal gambling attorney Howard Dickstein  — TLR nevertheless reject the above mentioned plausible scenario as only recently the FEDS/IRS also investigated  a similar scheme at Thunder Valley Casino — which is otherwise under the control of Howard Dickstein. 

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Howard Dickstein of J Street Gang of Greed — also member of J Street’s PAC– a left-wing Israel advocacy group which endorsed Dianne Feinstein (Note: 1- Google connection as is KVN 2- As alluded earlier,Dickstein-Feinstein Connection 3-Cotchett ?)

 This year, 23 neophytes have paid $3,480 each for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the doyenne of Congress’ Jewish contingent, who has held the seat since 1992. Under new rules, the top two vote-getters in today’s primary will proceed to the general election in November—regardless of party registration. With the opposition candidates all polling below 5 percent, that opens up a window of opportunity for long-shot gadflies to make it to the general election ballot.

The list includes Orly Taitz, the Soviet Jewish émigré who styles herself the queen of the birther movement, and Nachum Shifren, formerly known as Norm, a native Malibu surf rat and Hasidic rabbi who, according to London’s Jewish Chronicle, once worked as a driver for the extremist leader Meir Kahane and more recently traveled to Britain to rally with the English Defence League, a nationalist, anti-Islam group. “Many of the other candidates,” said Jack Pitney, a political-science professor at Claremont McKenna College, “are an organic mix of nuts and vegetables.”

The likelihood that Feinstein will actually be unseated is accordingly negligible. She is one of the most popular politicians in the state, and despite being the victim of a $4.5 million campaign-funds embezzlement scam, she holds a cash advantage of $2.5 million over the official candidate of the state Republican Party, an autism activist named Elizabeth Emken. All of which explains why the announcement late last week that Feinstein had accepted the endorsement of the left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street was met not with the vitriol many pro-Israel groups heaped on Democrat Joe Sestak, J Street’s candidate in Pennsylvania’s 2010 Senate race, but with silence.

 

J Street, which launched in 2008 with ambitions to act as a progressive counterweight to the behemoth American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has struggled to find entree with Congress’ senior players. Feinstein lends them much-needed gravitas. “J Street is establishing itself as an element of the mainstream Jewish community,” said J Street’s head, Jeremy Ben-Ami.

J Street made its approach in April, after Feinstein wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle defending Obama’s diplomatic approach toward Iran. “Her views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard Dickstein, a board member of J Street’s political action committee and Sacramento lawyer who made his fortune representing Indian tribal gambling interests. “I don’t think she has to be fearful of any kind of retaliation or pushback.” Dickstein was joined in making the ask by J Street advisory board member Carol Winograd, a retired Stanford University professor of medicine and biology whose husband, Terry, served as a Ph.D. adviser to Google co-founder Larry Page. (Together, the Winograds have given more than $600,000 to Democratic causes in the past three cycles.)

 

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Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

 

Fox News: Orly Taitz among frontrunners to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in California

Polls on Monday suggested that noted “birther” Orly Taitz could win the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, despite expectations a new primary system being used in California would result in more moderates.

Feinstein, 78, faces 23 challengers, 14 of them Republicans, on Tuesday in her bid for a fourth term in Washington, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Behind Feinstein — who has a large lead, according to polls — Republican Taitz is among the frontrunners to take second place. Whoever finishes second — irrespective of the party they represent — wins the right to go head-to-head with Feinstein.

Taitz, 51, said her campaign didn’t focus on her belief that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as his birth certificate showed, but that “we live in such a time of massive corruption that uncovering illegal actions and providing evidence to courts is somehow an embarrassment. I see it as the right thing to do.”

 

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http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/18700966/noted-birther-among-frontrunners-to-ch…

 

Related story, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/10/28/orly-taitz-announces-run-for-u-s-se…

Dan Maguire — Yolo County Superior Court Judge – Former Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Arnold Schwarzenegger – Justified a Denial of Request from The Associated Press Under the California Public Records Act

Feb 15, 2009

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Billions of dollars are headed to California from the federal stimulus bill, but state officials will not say how they plan to spend the money.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office refused a request from The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act to list in detail the projects the administration says will benefit. On Friday, the administration told some state agencies and departments to refuse comment about where the money would go.

The stimulus bill is expected to send more than $26 billion to California, according to California congressional offices. That amount is nearly one-quarter of the state’s general fund in any given year.

It includes $2.6 billion for highways, roads and bridges, $4.8 billion to repair school and university buildings, and $2 billion for state and local governments to buy foreclosed and vacant homes, according to the office Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The plan includes $10 billion for California Medicaid recipients, $10 billion to help the state’s public schools and fund federal grants for college students, and $1 billion for mass transit.

Other highlights include $444 million for water projects, $324 million for affordable housing and $127 million for community construction projects.

California also can apply for a share of $8 billion for intercity and high-speed rail grants.

In a January letter to then President-elect Barack Obama, Schwarzenegger said California had $44 billion worth of “ready-to-start” construction projects and other investments.

The AP subsequently sent a formal request for the specific projects that allowed the administration to arrive at the $44 billion cost estimate. The governor’s office rejected the AP’s request in a Feb. 2 letter.

Daniel Maguire, the administration’s deputy legal affairs secretary, said the documents were internal drafts, adding “disclosure would chill critical communications to and within the Governor’s Office, thereby harming the public interest.”

Schwarzenegger’s letter to Obama said California was prepared to spend $11.8 billion for energy and energy-efficiency projects, $11 billion for roads, transit and rail construction, $4 billion for health care, $8.5 billion in water and sewer projects, $1.1 billion in education and more than $5 billion in airport, park and public-safety projects.

 

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Morrison & Foerster Advises Boyd Gaming on $1.45 Billion Casino Buy (TLR Note: MoFo – Girardi Connection ; Station Casinos Behind Many of Howard Dickstein’s Indian Gambling Clients in California ; Educated Guess — Judy Johnson, The Nisperoses, and Ronald

Morrison & Foerster is advising Boyd on the transaction with a team that includes corporate partner Brandon Parris, financial transactions partner Kathryn Johnstone, tax partners Stephen Feldman and Remmelt Reigersman, executive compensation partner Michael Frank, employment partner Eric Akira Tate, real estate partner Peter Aitelli, technology transactions partner Paul Jahn and antitrust partner Jeff Jaeckel. The firm previously represented the company on its unsuccessful bid for assets owned by the bankrupt Las Vegas–based Station Casinos.

Brian Larson serves as general counsel for Boyd, which also owns half of the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. The company’s executive chairman, William Boyd, is a lawyer who cofounded the company in 1974 with his father. Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Los Angeles–based Girardi & Keese, serves on the Boyd board.

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