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Meet Actress Pamela Hawley of UniversalGiving / VolunteerMatch (TLR Note: Pam Hawley born and raised in US, not Mexico; GlobalGiving ? According to YR, names of bevy of entities “confusing” )

Pamela Hawley

Founder and CEO

phawley@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

 

Pamela Hawley is founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, a social entrepreneurship nonprofit organization whose vision is to “create a world where giving and volunteering is a natural part of everyday life.” UniversalGiving is an award-winning, web-based nonprofit allowing people to give and volunteer with the top performing projects and volunteer opportunities across the world. UniversalGiving Corporate is a customized version for companies, which helps launch corporate global philanthropy and volunteer programs across the world for companies such as Cisco and BEA. UniversalGiving has been featured in CNNMoney.com, New York Times, L.A. Times. Ms. Hawley was a co-founder of VolunteerMatch, a nonprofit which has matched more than two million volunteers with nonprofits. She launched VolunteerMatch Corporate (VMC), a customized version for corporations and their employee volunteer programs. More than 20 Fortune 500 companies became clients under her management (Charles Schwab, Coca-Cola, Dell, Duke Energy, Gap, Levi’s, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Nike and Verizon) which contributed to 43% of the organization’s sustainability.

Ms. Hawley’s community service began at the age of 12, and has extended into the international realm. She has worked and volunteered in microfinance in remote villages of India; crisis relief work in the El Salvador earthquake; digital divide training in the Killing Fields of Cambodia; and sustainable farming in the countryside of Guatemala. Her studies include a political science degree cum laude at Duke University and scholarship in international/communications masters at The Annenberg School of Communications, USC. She is now a guest lecturer at USC School of Business and has spoken at Business for Social Responsibility, Ethical Corporation, Forbes’ Conference for Women and UCLA and Stanford Business Schools on numerous topics including Corporate Social Responsibility; International Strategy and Expansion; Global Philanthropy and Volunteerism; Social Entrepreneurship; and the Web. Ms. Hawley also loves improv, dancing and her two nephews and niece. (hide)

Why I am involved: “ At the age of 12, I witnessed extreme poverty in Mexico. From this experience grew a lifelong commitment to service through social entrepreneurship. In 1999, I expanded my commitment as well as my understanding of the sector through international service trips and volunteering opportunities with various NGOs.”

Source:  http://www.universalgiving.org/about_us/team.jsp

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The Pamela Hawley Blog

Pamela Hawley Stars Headshot

Pamela’s community service began at the age of 12. While on a family vacation in Mexico, she and her father wandered off down a cul-de-sac and were confronted by a stream of unwashed, handicapped, begging children.   The word “unacceptable” flashed across her mind. From this experience grew a lifelong commitment to serve which eventually led her to found the award-winning nonprofit UniversalGiving™.

Pamela’s volunteer work has spanned the globe, serving in remote villages of India, crisis relief work in the 2000 El Salvador earthquake, sustainable farming in Guatemala and digital divide training with disabled people in Cambodia.

Source: http://pamelahawley.wordpress.com/

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TLR NOTE: INFORMATION BELOW MAY BE INAACURATE — “GivingGlobal” may have been used incorrectly.  Presumably, the “correct” entity is “UniversalGiving”

 

PAMELA HAWLEY

PRESIDENT, GIVING GLOBAL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SESSION: CONTEXT

Pamela is president and founder of GivingGlobal, a San Francisco-based social entrepreneurship non-profit dedicated to increasing international giving and volunteering globally. Pamela was a co-founder of VolunteerMatch which has matched more than one million volunteers with nonprofits through its web-based marketplace. She is also the founder of VolunteerMatch Corporate (VMC), a customized version of the website for corporations and their employee volunteer programs. More than 20 Fortune 500 companies became clients of VMC under her management including Baxter, Charles Schwab, Coca-Cola, Dell, Duke Energy, Gap, Levi’s, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Nike and Verizon. Pamela is committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and has worked around the world in the areas of microfinance in remote villages of India; crisis relief work in the 2000 El Salvador earthquake; digital divide training in the Killing Fields of Cambodia; and sustainable farming in the countryside of Guatemala.

Learn more at www.givingglobal.org.

Source: http://www.worldblu.com/live/2005/audio.php

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Pamela is also an actress, improviser, dancer and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade, at the advanced level of writing with The Second City Los Angeles and a BATS improv player.

Source:

http://about.me/PamelaHawley

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

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

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

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

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

See the full letter here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

More on “The Carbon War Room” Located at Kapor Center — 543 Howard in San Francisco

The Carbon War Room is an NGO that was founded to identify and implement market-based solutions to climate change. The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock market-driven solutions to climate change.   Carbon War Room (CWR) fulfills a critically strategic role in implementing solutions to address climate change.  There is both an Operations arm of the Carbon War Room, focused on implementation, and an Intelligence arm of focused on strategic information gathering, monitoring all areas affecting climate change and identifying areas that need resources and implementation support. For more information, please visit www.carbonwarroom.com.

The Green Capital Global Challenge (GCGC), an active operation of The Carbon War Room‘s San Francisco office, was launched at a convening of international cities during the 2010 Olympics. GCGC addresses carbon emissions from the built environment, both in housing and in commercial real estate. Its goal is to facilitate the deployment of at least $2 billion into the energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofit market by June 2012.

Opportunity for Employment — The Carbon War Room in San Francisco is actively recruiting for a Program Administrator to provide operational coordination, facilitation, and support. The PA’s primary responsibility is to manage the internal office structure of GCGC.

Responsibilities — Administration: The PA is responsible for all clerical, administrative and logistical needs of the GCGC office including operational budget management, calendar management, travel and logistical coordination, and data entry and management.
Document & Data Management: The PA is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date GCGC internal status reports and managing and organizing incoming research data, as well as updating deliverable and timeline tracking reports, and operational funding spreadsheets. The PA is also responsible for maintaining the accuracy of all data in the internal web-based content management system. The PA is expected to stay apprised of key developments within the energy retrofit industry and within the CWR organization to ensure that all documents and data are accurate. It is the PA’s responsibility to accurately reflect all status changes in the appropriate documents.

Communication: The PA is responsible for developing and deploying standardized templates to respond to inbound inquiries from stakeholders including cities, financiers, NGOs and industry representatives. The PA is responsible for producing accurate written materials without error. In this capacity, the PA managing and tracking GCGC’s relationships with organizations and governmental bodies positioned throughout the industry. The PA will be responsible for all first-level communications with GCGC’s

Management: The PA will assist in the management of interns who will provide support to the GCGC effort.  The PA reports to the Project Lead, attends internal GCGC team meetings to take minutes, and prepares agendas as protocol dictates. Offices are currently located at 543 Howard Avenue in San Francisco.

Skills  The PA supports several highly-driven staff members and consultants. This individual must be a swift, independent and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously   and be a skilled writer with exceptional attention to detail. The PA is a contributive team member.   Proficiency on Mac OS and web-based content management systems a must.

Compensation:  Salary is commensurate with experience & benefits package included.

Please email Sasha Statman-Weil, sweil@carbonwarroom.com resume and cover.

BREAKING NEWS: inquiry into Tom Pack rapidly expands amid revelations of various inconsistencies – Gibson Dunn — firm associated with Armen Adzhemyan and Frederick Brown — under heavy scrutiny

The Leslie Brodie Report has rapidly expanded the scope of its journalistic inquiry into Tom Pack.

Based on various confidential tips, the inquiry now focuses on whether or not Tom Pack is a member of the State Bar of California (or for that matter a member of any other state bar) as well as his current relationship with the firm of Gibson Dunn.

Specifically, TLR has been informed that a previously referenced Linkedin profile of Mr. Pack is outdated.  Pack’s new and updated profile, shown below, alludes to Pack as being an employee of Gibson Dunn in the role of an “Associate.”

Nevertheless, according to the sources,  Pack’s name, unfortunately, could not be located within  the membership roll maintained by the State Bar of California.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Law Practice
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Tom Pack’s Overview

Current
Past
Education
  • Stanford Law School
  • East Central University
Connections
196 connections

Tom Pack’s Summary

Associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Interest in commercial litigation, civil procedure, American Indian/Alaska Native law and policy, the intersection of faith communities and law, and the role of the Constitution in shaping contemporary American society.

Prior experience with American Indian/Alaska Native health issues, as well as health issues in rural and under-served communities.

Tom Pack’s Experience

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

September 2012Present (4 months)

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2009June 2012 (2 years 11 months) Palo Alto, California

Summer Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2011August 2011 (3 months) San Francisco, California

Summer Associate

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months) San Francisco, California

Emerging Leader

Indian Health Service

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

July 2007June 2009 (2 years) Washington, DC

Completing rotations in the HHS Emerging Leaders Program through the Indian Health Service. After six rotations through different offices within IHS and other parts of the Department, a permanent position in the Indian Health Service will be offered.

Completed rotations in:
– Indian Health Service, Division of Human Resources
– Immediate Office of the Secretary (HHS), Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Tribal Affairs
– Indian Health Service, Office of the Director, Public Affairs Staff
– Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health Support
– Indian Health Service, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

May 2006July 2007 (1 year 3 months) Washington, DC

Truman Fellowship in the Department’s Office of Rural Health Policy, within the Health Resources and Services Administration. Worked primarily on health care financing issues, especially Medicare/Medicaid, for rural hospitals and other health care providers.

Tom Pack’s Languages

  • Spanish

SOURCE: PLEASE SEE @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship – Part 3: Profile of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco (TLR Note: Notice Gibson Dunn Does Not Practice “American Indian Law” Nor Does it Have Native American Tribes as Clients)

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system. 

Tom Pack
Mr. Tom Pack (image: courtesy of Linkedin)

In Part 2, TLR established that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” independently of Tom Pack. A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.  At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

PART 3 : Profile of Gibson Dunn Office Located in San Francisco

Consistent with TLR’s commitment to accuracy and fairness, the possibility that Tom Pack can fulfill his dream of practicing American Indian Law and/or helping American Indian achieve true sovereignty and self-determination from within the confines of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco had to be examined. 

Predictably, Gibson Dunn does not practice American Indian Law nor does it have any native tribes as clients.  See below:

“The lawyers in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher enjoy a premier reputation as high-quality legal counselors.  Backed by the extensive resources and networks of a renowned national and international law firm, our lawyers have both the substantive expertise and the technology demanded by clients who pioneer the products and services that have revolutionized the global economy. 

Among our 75 lawyers are a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (by Presidents Clinton and Bush), the highest honor conferred on federal government executives; a former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals and Legal Affairs Secretary to the Governor of California; and a two-term appointee to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency (by Presidents Clinton and Bush).  The San Francisco office is a target destination for some of the country’s best legal talent.

Our lawyers have significant expertise in international cartel enforcement and antitrust, intellectual property, constitutional law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, securities litigation, corporate governance, and trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.  We provide counsel to Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley founders alike, in the technology, telecommunications, financial services, and professional services industries.  A short list of our diverse clientele include Intel, Micron Technology, St. Jude Medical, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Applied Materials, Cadence Design Systems, and The Williams Companies.  With an unparalleled combination of solid local service and international expertise, our lawyers often achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Since 1979, lawyers in our Bay Area offices have acted as lead trial counsel in a number of the biggest securities class actions and SEC enforcement matters of the current era, including representation of leading Bay Area and national companies such as Hewlett Packard, Levi Strauss,  Amazon.com, The Williams Companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Merrill Lynch.  For many years, Northern California has led the nation in the number of securities class action suits filed each year, and our Bay Area partners are on the “short list” of lawyers who routinely are sought out to represent public companies and their directors and officers in these cases.  Our seven Bay Area partners specializing in this field include one of the co-chairs of Gibson Dunn’s national practice group, as well as partners who lead the firm’s representation of “Big Four” accounting firms in securities and other financial fraud litigation.  In addition to defending federal court class actions, our Bay Area partners also handle high stakes takeover litigation, derivative suits, and regulatory investigations, including a number of recent matters involving stock option backdating that have been in the headlines over the last two years.  Several of our Bay Area partners have been recognized in state and national publications as leading lawyers in their field.  Our Bay Area partners regularly are called upon to serve as amicus counsel for some of the nation’s leading industry organizations, and to speak out on securities-related and law reform topics in national conferences and publications.  Our Bay Area securities litigation practice is complemented by the firms’ Business Crimes and Crisis Management groups, with whom we work closely in major matters.

San Francisco’s antitrust lawyers are well-recognized as experts in their field.  The matters they work on span the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and cover a broad array of industries, including high technology, retail, defense, chemical, and manufacturing.  Our counselors provide services to clients in every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including civil antitrust litigation (including class actions), international cartel investigations and criminal litigation, other federal and state civil and criminal investigations, government review of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust compliance counseling, and trade regulation matters that involve unfair competition and consumer protection issues.  They have served in policy-making and enforcement positions in government, making major contributions to antitrust jurisprudence and policy.

The lawyers that comprise San Francisco’s corporate team have experience with virtually every type of corporate or commercial transaction, regardless of a client’s size or stage of development.  We regularly represent our clients in connection with a broad variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, cross-border transactions, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and global finance.  In addition to representing several of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters in their corporate matters, we’ve represented public and private corporations alike, in the transactions that can make or break their business.

Our intellectual property lawyers in the San Francisco office have extensive experience and expertise in all facets of IP litigation.  We have represented some of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies in their day-to-day and big-ticket IP matters, successfully steering them to favorable results.  We have litigated – and tried – significant patent cases in courts throughout the country as well as at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  We have demonstrated technical expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including electrical design and engineering, software, hardware, mechanical design and engineering, biological compounds and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and life sciences.  Backed by our outstanding national practice, our IP team is able to efficiently manage, and successfully resolve, complex IP cases for our clients. 

San Francisco’s real estate lawyers are part of the team that comprises one of the largest real estate groups among law firms in the United States.  They work with developers and financiers alike, on some of the most sophisticated financings and land use deals throughout the world.   Transactions they handle include acquisitions and dispositions, financings, including structured and securitized transactions, REITs, public/private deals, workouts and restructurings, and leases, including office, “big box” and general retail, and major industrial and warehouse leases.  The land use team in San Francisco is of the highest caliber, having played a central role in several of the most significant of the development and redevelopment projects that have reshaped the country.   Significant projects in the Bay Area include the negotiation of the 90-year ground lease and development agreement for the LucasArts campus in the Presidio National Park, the historic restorations of the Ferry Building and Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5, the development of the Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of San Francisco, and the current redevelopment of the Treasure Island Naval Station. 

Gibson Dunn’s “client first” culture ensures that all of our lawyers remain involved with and available to our clients at all times.  This is the cornerstone of our practice and has resulted in our clients entrusting us with their most sophisticated and significant legal matters.  Our culture also embraces a strong commitment to community service activism and pro bono representation.  In addition to our fundraising efforts for local charities by lawyers and staff alike, a San Francisco Gibson Dunn attorney was honored with the “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” Award for two years in a row by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Our lawyers were also recognized by the California State Senate for our efforts to support pro bono legal work in the Bay Area with the “2005 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service” Award.  Recently, the San Francisco office was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times. “

Source @: http://www.gibsondunn.com/offices/SanFrancisco

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship Part 2: Incoming Associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system.  Please see story @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/the-leslie-brodie-report-launche…

PART 2: Tom Pack as  Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

Unfortunately, it now appears that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” without the help of Tom Pack.

A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.

At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Law Practice

See source @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

 

Julie Veronese Suffers Setback in Verdict Against Lucasfilm (TLR Note: 1. Decision flawed as jury decided reason was discrimination and NOT any other reason i.e. BJR 2. JV arbitrarily/capriciously discriminated also for being “socially connected ” )

The First District Court of Appeal has thrown out a $113,830 pregnancy discrimination award — and a $1.1 million attorney fee — obtained two years ago against Lucasfilm Ltd.

The case, brought by former San Francisco Supervisor Angela Alioto and her son, Joseph Alioto Veronese, on behalf of Veronese’s wife, Julie, appears to be something of a grudge match, with the appellate court describing “numerous discovery disputes” and a motion to recuse one of the trial judges for gender bias.

In the end, Justice James Richman concluded that Marin County Superior Court Judge Lynn O’Malley Taylor committed instructional error, primarily because she didn’t tell the jury it could not find Lucasfilm liable if the company simply relied on its business judgment when deciding not to hire Julie Veronese, as long as it was not for a discriminatory reason.

The opinion, in which Justice Paul Haerle and James Lambden concurred, appears to be the first California appellate decision reversing a jury verdict for an employee based on the business judgment instruction.

Julie Veronese applied in April 2008 to be the assistant to the manager of George Lucas’ San Anselmo compound, a large complex with as many as nine houses on it. Lucasfilm hiring agents were wary at first that someone as socially connected as Veronese would embrace what can be a menial job, but agreed to give her a one-month tryout. Just before the tryout was to begin in June 2008, Veronese discovered she was expecting twins, and due to complications including the loss of one twin, the tryout start date was pushed back to August.

Her immediate supervisor, Sarita Patel, had scheduled her own vacation for Aug. 1, so the tryout was pushed to Aug. 11 and shortened to three weeks. That bothered Veronese, who emailed Patel and an HR employee, “Not only does it create a sense of doubt in my mind about Lucas’ commitment to me, it tells me that I am being set up to fail. I can’t help but think that things have changed because I am pregnant.”

Patel testified that the email raised “red flags” for her because she perceived Veronese as “entitled” rather than service oriented. She also testified that the job was “really stressful at the time” because of construction on Lucas’ properties and neighborhood opposition to it, “and I was afraid of Julie having lost [a] twin.”

Veronese sued, and “vigorous litigation” followed, according to Richman’s opinion in Veronese v. Lucasfilm. Two weeks before trial, Veronese challenged Marin County Judge Verna Adams for gender bias. Another judge rejected the challenge, but just before trial Adams elected to withdraw anyway and the case was assigned to Taylor, a retired Marin judge sitting by assignment.

The jury found Lucasfilm liable for pregnancy discrimination, failure to prevent pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination, but found against Veronese on her retaliation and failure-to-accommodate claims. Veronese sought $2.5 million in attorney fees but was awarded $1.15 million.

Please continue @:http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202581001622&Court_Reverses_1_Million_Pregnancy_Discrimination_Verdict_Against_Lucasfilm

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians-In K with Station Casinos (“SC”)-Gains OK to Build Along Highway 99 (TLR Note:SC-Client of MoFo /Ally of Dickstein; Mono Client of Lobbying Fraudster Rick Lehman-Operator of Dickstein’s Lobbying Spouse, JE)

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to put land north of Madera in trust for a proposed off-reservation casino by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, the tribal’s chairwoman said Friday.

“This decision brings our tribe one step closer to realizing our generations-long dream of helping our people and our community,” Elaine Bethel Fink said.

The bureau’s decision is a huge boost for the impoverished 1,900-member North Fork tribe, which has banked its future on gambling profits from 50 card tables and 2,000 slot machines.

It comes two months after Gov. Jerry Brown gave his approval for the casino project, which the tribe wants to build on 305 acres along Highway 99 at a cost of more than $200 million.

But critics contend the governor backed the project without requiring an environmental review, in violation of state law. They also say a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision could nullify the transaction that put off-reservation land into a federal trust to be used for a casino.

Bethel Fink said Friday the tribe has followed the rules. For eight years, the tribe has lobbied state and federal officials, reminding them that thousands of jobs will be created to build and operate the casino.

“Throughout the long process, we adhered strictly to the letter and spirit of the law,” she said.

The tribe still faces several hurdles, including completing a 30-day comment period on the bureau’s decision and signing a gaming compact with the state Legislature, Bethel Fink said. There have been threats of lawsuits to stop the casino, but none have been filed so far, said rancheria spokesman Charlie Banks-Altekruse.

Because word of the federal decision came late Friday, calls to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., were not immediately returned. But the agency’s decision has been posted on the Office of the Federal Register website.

The tribe, which was first recognized by the U.S. government in 1915, has a 61-acre rancheria in the Madera County town of North Fork. But tribal members say the site is too small and too remote for a casino.

Getting Brown’s blessing in September overcame a significant hurdle, Bethel Fink said, because the governor essentially said the proposed casino could co-exist with Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold and Table Mountain Casino in Friant.

Efforts to speak with Chukchansi and Table Mountain officials were unsuccessful Friday evening.

David Quintana, a Sacramento lobbyist who represents the Chukchansi and other tribes, previously said gaming tribes were mobilizing to stop the North Fork off-reservation casino. Putting it on a major state highway would give it an unfair advantage over the financially struggling Chukchansi casino, which is on the less heavily traveled Highway 41, he said.

Please continue @: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/11/30/3085021/madera-land-set-aside-for-casino….

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A California Indian tribe that has a nearly decade-old management agreement for Station Casinos to operate a proposed casino received federal approval late Friday to build the project on 305 acres near Fresno.

The bureau, through the U.S. Department of Interior, agreed to transfer the land acquired by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians into a trust for the planned the casino.

California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the casino project in September.

Station Casinos has had a management agreement in place with the tribe since 2003.

“This decision brings our tribe one step closer to realizing our generations-long dream of helping our people and our community,” Tribal Chairwoman Elaine Bethel-Fink said in a statement.

The North Fork casino is expected to have 50 table games, 2,000 slot machines, and other amenities and will cost $200 million.

A schedule for development was not released.

The tribe, which was first recognized by the U.S. government in 1915, has 61 acres of reservation land in the Madera County town of North Fork. But tribal members say the site is too small and too remote for a casino.

The project would be Station Casinos’ second current Indian gaming development in California.

The company is working with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria on the 535,000-square-foot Graton Resort & Casino adjacent to Rohnert Park, some 43 miles from San Francisco.

Construction on the casino began in June. With Station Casinos’ help, the tribe secured $825 million needed to finance the project in August. The casino is expected to open late next year.

Please continue @: http://www.lvrj.com/business/tribe-with-station-casinos-agreement-gains-ok-fo…

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For more about Richard Lehman, please see: http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/tag/richardlehman

Lehman’s concpiracy with Sac Bee, Mono, Lehman Papas, and others to mislead and defraud the public, please see below or original @:

Fees paid to LEHMAN LEVI PAPPAS & SADLER, please see@:

 

 

Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny — Developing Story

Embattled San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest and named partner John Keker are under scrutiny, yet again.

According to various knowledgeable sources, the controversy surrounding Kekers stems from an announcement by which the firm declared unequivocally its intention to disregard and otherwise violate myriad local, state, and federal laws prohibiting any form of race discrimination, as well as state and local laws prohibiting any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Specifically, earlier this year Keker & Van Nest announced that it was “launching the Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship to benefit diverse law students.” (emphasis added) Source@: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/default

Keker & Van Nest further stated that “Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community (emphasis added) Source @: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/Diversity-Scholarship


Matthew Werdegar AKA Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van NestDavid Werdegar
(L) Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest who participated in the scheme to hide Chris Young’s association with his firm from the public. He is the son of California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Kathryn Werdegar and David Werdegar (R), former CEO of of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging. Strangely, while Justice Werdegar recused herself in a suit against the late Richard Goldman due to major contributions by Goldman to Institute on Aging, she did not recuse herself in many other cases involving other major contributors. Once the scheme was exposed on The Leslie Brodie Report, David Werdegar abruptly quit his CEO position. (Image:courtesy photo)

This latest controversy involving Keker & Van Nest comes on the heels of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar which was filed in federal court.

 The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise — engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud. 

The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements. 

The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid media reports of alleged financial improprieties. 

Subsequent to Werdegar’s departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization’s new President and CEO. 

In a separate suit, Dydzak’s avers that Califorrnia Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars. 

Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab. 

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither. 

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

 

 

TLR Launches Cursory Inquiry into Business Address of “33 New Montgomery 19th Floor (Nineteenth Floor) San Francisco CA 94105” Associated with Munger Tolles & Olson

Munger Tolles Helps Abbott Defeat Bayer Patent Suit

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys successfully defeated a bid by Bayer AG to recover royalties from our client Abbott Laboratories for U.S. sales of the arthritis drug Humira.

A judgment entered on Jan. 11, 2011 in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts rejected the attempt by Bayer, which had sued Abbott in 2008 for patent infringement.

Following a Markman hearing, U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor ruled in October that Bayer’s patent for antibodies could not be construed in a manner that would cover Humira, Abbott’s best-selling drug. The court accordingly entered a stipulated judgment of non-infringement. Bayer will now appeal the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Munger Tolles’ Jeffrey I. Weinberger led the team that also included Garth T. Vincent, Ted Dane, Jennifer L. Polse, Heather E. Takahashi and Adam R. Lawton.

Source: http://www.mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-01-13

 
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Polse, Jennifer L.
Ph.D. 1996 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.
San Francisco Office
33 New Montgomery
Tower, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-9781
Phone: (415) 512-4063
Fax: (415) 512-4077
Email: polsejl@mto.com

Source: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/rgbgrp/former.php

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MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON – Contact us

 
Los Angeles

355 South Grand Ave.
35th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 683-9100

San Francisco

560 Mission St.
27th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 512-4000

Source: http://mto.com/about-us/contact-us

 

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Progress Investment Management Company, LLC

33 New Montgomery Street 19th Floor , San Francisco , CA , 94105 , United States
www.progressinvestment.com
Phone: 1-415-512-3480
Revenue: $26M
Industry: Asset Management
Employees: 31
SIC: Investment Offices (6720)
NAICS: Portfolio Management (523920)
Description: Founded during February of 1990, Progress focuses its efforts on the structuring and managing of multiple manager investment funds featuring emerging minority investment managers. The company’s manager universe includes a wide range of niche specialists and traditionally overlooked managers along with minority and woman-owned firms. The firm is responsible for managing over $3 billion in assets. Progress offers five commingled equity and fixed income investment funds serving 12 clients, one fund-of-funds private equity program serving six clients, and twelve multiple manager Separate Accounts. With the growth in managed assets, Progress has funded over 60 of the top minority-, women owned and non-minority emerging investment managers across the country since the firm’s inception. Progress is the largest and most experienced minority founded manager of emerging managers in the industry.
2012-11-27 16:25:36

Source: http://www.insideview.com/directory/progress-investment-management-company-llc

 

Update on Case of Battery of Jewish Student Jessica Felber vs. UC Berkeley – Defended by Brad Phillips of MTO(TLR Note:1. Kudos to Brad who fulfilled his duty to defend his client, irrespective of Jewish ancestry 2. Outcome peculiar)

1. In March of 2011, a former Jewish student at UC Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against the university contending it violated her civil rights when it did not protect her against attacks from a pro-Palestinian student.

Jessica Felber (image: courtesy of http://www.stepupforisrael.com/about-us/staff/ )

Jessica Felber filed the lawsuit in the Northern District Court on March 4, almost one year to the day Husam Zakharia, the head of Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine, allegedly rammed her with a shopping cart filled with toys, according to the suit.

Felber, then 20, was a member of the pro-Israel Tikvah group, which had often clashed on campus with Students for Justice in Palestine. Felber was holding a sign stating “Israel Wants Peace,” on March 5, 2010 as part of an event for Israel Peace Week.  The rally had been called to counteract  rallies held on behalf of Israel Apartheid Week.

Source: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/march-2011-jessica-felber-jewish…

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2.  A second amended complaint has been filed in a lawsuit alleging that the University of California has failed to provide a safe environment for Jewish students.

Filed Jan. 6 by UC Berkeley alumna Jessica Felber and current student Brian Maissy, the complaint will be heard in court March 15. It alleges that the UC violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution in 2011 by authorizing the construction of a mock “checkpoint” at UC Berkeley during an annual demonstration called Apartheid Week.
Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs that receive federal financial assistance.

Source: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/amended-complaint-filed-in-jessi…

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3.  Munger, Tolles & Olson successfully defended the University of California against a lawsuit alleging that an anti-Semitic environment had been created by protests on the UC Berkeley campus against Israeli policies. The suit, which was filed by two Jewish students, claimed UC Berkeley turned a blind eye to alleged intimidation by anti-Israel protestors and thereby fostered a climate of anti-Semitism. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg disagreed and dismissed the lawsuit on December 22, 2011. Judge Seeborg emphasized that “much of the alleged harassment, even if [it occurred], constituted protected political speech that UC Berkeley had no obligation to stop.” 

Judge Seeborg also rejected the plaintiffs’ claim that UC Berkeley officials were deliberately indifferent to the threats that the plaintiffs allegedly faced. The judge highlighted that campus police have arrested disruptive protesters and that UC Berkeley’s administration “has engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the opposing parties in an attempt to ensure that the rights of all persons are respected, and to minimize the potential for violence.”

Christopher Patti, chief campus counsel at UC Berkeley, said the ruling “reaffirmed the fact that the university has been working hard to resolve conflicts between campus groups with opposing points of view.”

Munger Tolles attorneys Michelle Friedland, Bradley S. Phillips and Kathryn A. Eidmann represented UC in this matter.

Source: http://mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-12-22

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CA Judge Deems Case in Which Jewish Woman Was Rammed with Shopping Cart ‘Free Speech’

Back in June of 2010 a leader of a pro-Palestinian student group at University of Berkeley allegedly rammed a Jewish woman with a shopping cart as she staged a counter-protest to an anti-Israel “Apartheid Week” rally conducted by the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. The counter-protest was dubbed “Israel Wants Peace Week.”

Now, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg has deemed that the Muslim students who harassed Jessica Felber and other Jewish students were simply engaging in protected political speech.

The Greeley Gazette reports:

On Thursday U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said the harassment, even if true, constituted protected political speech and dismissed the case against the university.

Seeborg said the university did not have any obligation to intervene in any dispute where a private individual on campus was allegedly interfering with another’s constitutional rights. He instead appeared to indicate that the incident was an outcome of Felber’s counter protest.

Felber and another Jewish student claimed the University did not do enough to prevent the harassment which included the Muslim group conducting checkpoints around the campus. Students were asked if they were Jewish while passing the checkpoints.

“The incident in which Felber was assaulted with a shopping cart, for example, did not occur in the context of her educational pursuit,” Seeborg stated. “Rather, that event occurred when she, as one person attempting to exercise free speech rights in a public forum, was allegedly attacked by another person who likewise was participating in a public protest in a public forum.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Seeborg said that much of the conduct involved “pure political speech” that is constitutionally protected even if it “contained language that plaintiffs believe was inflammatory, offensive or untrue.”

Seeborg said some courts have allowed public colleges to outlaw harassing speech and conduct that interferes with students’ rights, but schools have no legal duty to do so. The Muslim organizations receive campus funding on the same basis as other groups, the judge said, and any attempt to withdraw it would raise “serious First Amendment issues.”

The Huffington Post adds:

The suit also alleged this attack was part of a pattern of behavior during Apartheid Week, during which Jewish students were spit on and Israel’s government was equated to that of Nazi Germany.

While the university has previously disciplined some of the event’s participants and even had Husam Zakharia, the student who hit Felber with the shopping cart, arrested in connection with the incident, Felber (who graduated last year) has accused university President Mark Yudof, who is Jewish, of allowing an anti-Semitic environment to flourish on campus.

“SJP and Zakharia have been involved in other incidents on campus to incite violence against and intimidate Jewish and other students,” stated the lawsuit. “Defendants knew of this history of incitement and intimidation yet took no reasonable step to adequately control Zakharia or other student members of the SPJ.”

Jihad Watch founder Robert Spencer said the judge’s decision affirms that Muslims assaulting Jewish students is now protected speech.

“This is an outrageous decision. The Muslim students were trying to silence the freedom of speech of the Jewish students. The judge says this is a ruling in favor of free speech, but actually the freedom of speech was being infringed and the judge is saying that is ok to protect the freedom of speech of the Muslim students. Don’t the Jewish students have freedom of speech as well?”

 Source@: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/ca-judge-deems-ramming-jewish-woman-with-shop…


 

Brenda Kempster Adventures in Costa Rica – Part 1: CARTAGO (TLR Note:Verizon;Kempster;Munger Tolles’ Henry Weissmann,Jeff Bleich,Ron Olson – All Under Scrutiny In Re LINK AMERICAS Foundation / OBAMA FOR AMERICA;Similar to CalALL Scheme)


Costa Rica Cartago Ruins

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25 km (16 mi) east of the capital, San José. It is at an elevation of about 1435 m (some 4,707 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Irazú Volcano. Cartago is the capital of Cartago province. The city covers an area of 152,68 km². It includes the districts of city downtown: Oriental, Occidental (known as the typical downtown area), San Nicolás (the main entrance to the city, at west), El Carmen (north), Dulce Nombre, San Francisco (at south, San Francisco is known commonly as Aguacaliente), and Guadalupe (Arenilla). The city is part, with the cities of San Rafael de Oreamuno and Tejar del Guarco, of a continuous urban area that, in 2008, had a population of 156,600 inhabitants, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of Costa Rica.

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TIMELINE 2010:

AVISOS

CONVOCATORIAS

ASOCIACIÓN DE EMPLEADOS DEL SEGURO SOCIAL DE COSTA RICA

De conformidad con la Ley Constitutiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, reformada por la Ley de Protección al Trabajador, referente al proceso de elección de miembros de la Junta Directiva CCSS, el Movimiento Sindical tiene pleno conocimiento de resolución de Junta Directiva en el artículo 4° de la sesión Nº 8437, celebrada el 15 de abril del año 2010, que convoca a los Sectores Laboral y Patronal, para que en un plazo improrrogable de un mes calendario, conforme su publicación en medios de comunicación, celebren los procesos de elección correspondientes. Reunidos en la sede de la Unión de Personal del Instituto Nacional de Seguros (UPINS) Confederaciones Sindicales-CMTC-CCTDRN-CGT- y sindicatos, el pasado martes 27 de abril de 2010, atendieron la convocatoria oficial que acordó la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, y resolvió nombrar la Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social periodo 2010-2014, la cual organizará y realizará todo lo concerniente para que dicha elección sea cumplida a cabalidad. Por lo tanto, la Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social periodo 2010-2014, se complace de dar formal convocatoria, a Sindicatos, Federaciones y Confederaciones Sindicales para que participen de la Asamblea Nacional Sindical para elegir al Representante que ocupará el puesto como Miembro de Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. La Asamblea General Sindical, tendrá lugar el día martes dieciocho de mayo de dos mil diez, al ser las trece horas, se llevará a cabo en el Auditorio “Dr. Guillermo Padilla Castro” (CEDESO) de CCSS, sita frente a Clínica Carlos Duran, Barrio Vasconia, San José. Las organizaciones sindicales interesadas, delegados acreditados y candidatos, deberán cumplir con los siguientes requisitos de participación, a saber:

De las organizaciones Sindicales:

a)  Aportar Certificación de Personería Jurídica actualizada y emitida por el Departamento de Organizaciones Sociales del Ministerio de Trabajo.

b)  Aportar Certificación emitida por CCSS, que haga constar que se encuentra al día con la Seguridad Social (que no es Patrono moroso).

c)  Aportar transcripción de acuerdo tomado por el sindicato, de su participación, así como de la designación de Delegado Acreditado (uno por sindicato) ante dicha Asamblea.

De los Delegados:

Todo delegado acreditado deberá portar su respectiva cédula de identidad, para formalizar su inscripción.

b)  Firmar registro de inscripción y asistencia ante la Asamblea.

De los candidatos al puesto:

a)  Deberán ser costarricenses naturales o naturalizados con un mínimo de diez años de residencia en el país.

b)  Deberán ser personas caracterizadas por su honorabilidad, competentes y reconocida solvencia ética y moral.

c)  Con conocimiento en materias económicas-sociales.

d)  Ser dirigente sindical activo y de reconocida trayectoria, con amplio manejo y dominio de Política Social y conocedor del Sistema de Salud Pública.

No pueden promoverse:

a)  Los miembros o empleados de los supremos poderes ni los empleados de la Caja.

b)  Los directores, gerentes, subgerentes, personeros, empleados o dueños de la mayoría de acciones de algún banco.

c)  Los que estén ligados entre sí por parentesco de consanguinidad o de afinidad hasta el tercer grado inclusive; y

d)  Los que estén declarados en insolvencia o quiebra, o sean deudores de la Caja.

Sin otro particular, suscribe por Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.—Álvaro Alberto Salazar Morales, Coordinador.—1 vez.—(IN2010035988). 

GRUPO BRITALE SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA

Se convoca a asamblea general extraordinaria de accionistas de Grupo Britale Sociedad Anónima, cédula jurídica: tres-ciento uno-trescientos cincuenta y tres mil sesenta, que se celebrará en su domicilio social en Cartago, San Ramón de Tres Ríos, frente a la escuela, casa de Heike Kulzer Homann, a las 8:00 horas del 28 de mayo de 2010. En caso de no asistir el quórum de ley en primera convocatoria, se celebrará en segunda convocatoria ese mismo día una hora después. Orden del día: Único: Aprobar la reforma de la cláusula “Sexta” del pacto constitutivo, para que la representación judicial y extrajudicial de la compañía con facultades que indica el artículo mil doscientos cincuenta y tres del Código Civil, de apoderado generalísimo sin límite de suma, la ejerza únicamente y sin limitación de ninguna naturaleza en forma exclusiva, solo el presidente de la sociedad, pudiendo otorgar o sustituir su poder en todo o en parte, o revocar los mismos, así como extender poderes de hasta el grado que él ostenta, sin perder por ello su poder. Los miembros de la Junta Directiva serán nombrados por todo el plazo social. Quedando en lo demás; los mismos nombramientos, pero ostentando el poder solo el presidente.—San José 27 de abril del 2010.—Brenda Kempster, Presidenta.—1 vez.—(IN2010035990).

Source:   http://www.gaceta.go.cr/pub/2010/05/06/COMP_06_05_2010.html

 

TRANSALATION:

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY EMPLOYEES OF COSTA RICA

In accordance with the Act establishing the Social Security Fund, as amended by the Worker Protection Act, regarding the process of electing members of the Board CCSS, the labor movement has full knowledge of Board resolution in Article 4th Session No. 8437, held on 15 April 2010, which calls for the Sectors labor and management, so that in a time limit of one calendar month, as published in the media, held their election procedures corresponding. Meeting at the headquarters of the Union of Employees of the National Insurance Institute (UPINS) Trade Union Confederations-CMTC-CCTDRN-CGT-and unions, on Tuesday April 27, 2010, attended the official announcement that the Board agreed to the Fund Costa Rican Social Security, and decided to appoint the Trade Union Representative for the Election of the Board of the Social Security Fund period 2010-2014, which will organize and conduct all matters relating to this choice is fully complied with. Therefore, the Trade Union Representative for the Election of the Board of Social Security Fund period 2010-2014, is pleased to formally give notice to unions, federations and confederations to participate in the National Assembly of Association for choose the representative to fill the position as Board Member of the Social Security Fund. The General Assembly of Association, will be held on Tuesday 18 May, two thousand ten, being thirteen hours, will be held in the Auditorium “Dr. Guillermo Padilla Castro “(CEDESO) of CCSS, located in front of Carlos Duran Clinic, Neighborhood Vasconia, San Jose. The trade unions concerned, accredited delegates and candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria, namely:

Of trade unions:

a) Certification of Legal Provide updated and issued by the Department of Social Organizations of the Ministry of Labour.

b) Provide Certification issued by CCSS effect that is up to date with the Social Security (Patron is not delinquent).

c) Provide transcription of agreement by the union of their participation, as well as the designation of Accredited Delegate (one union) to the Assembly.

Of Delegates:

All accredited delegate shall carry their respective identity card, to formalize their registration.

b) Signing of enrollment and attendance record to the Assembly.

Of the candidates for the post:

a) To be natural or naturalized Costa Ricans with a minimum of ten years’ residence in the country.

b) They must be people characterized by their integrity, competent and ethical and moral recognized solvency.

c) With knowledge in economic and social matters.

d) Be active union leader and renowned, with comprehensive management and control of Social Policy and knowledgeable Public Health System.

There can be promoted:

a) Members or employees of the supreme powers or employees of the Fund.

b) The directors, managers, assistant managers, representatives, employees or owners of the majority of shares of a bank.

c) Those who are bound together by blood relationship or affinity to the third degree, and

d) Those who are declared insolvent or bankrupt, or are liable to the Fund.

Without further ado, subscribes to the Election Commission Association Representative on the Board of the Security Fund Social.-Álvaro Alberto Salazar Morales, Coordinador.-1 time. – (IN2010035988).

Britāle GROUP CORPORATION

It convenes extraordinary general shareholders Britāle Group Corporation, corporate identification: three-101-353060, to be held at its head office in Cartago, San Ramon de Tres Rios, opposite the school, Kulzer Heike Homann house at 8:00 pm on May 28, 2010. Failure to attend the legal quorum on first call, second call will be held on the same day an hour later. Agenda: One: To approve the reform of the clause “Sixth” covenant establishing, for the judicial and extrajudicial representation of the company with authority mentioned in Article 1253 of the Civil Code of attorney with unlimited sum, the exercise only and without limitation of any kind exclusively, only the president of the company, and may grant or replace their power in whole or in part, or revoke the same, and extending powers to the extent that it holds without losing its power. Members of the Board shall be appointed by all the social term. Being at rest; these appointments, but flaunting the power only President.-San Jose April 27, 2010.-Brenda Kempster, Presidenta.-1 time. – (IN2010035990).

 

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

 

Mystery Surrounding Legal Proceedings Against Deposed CEO of San Francisco’s Institute on Aging Deepens

It may take more than a journalistic inquiry by The Leslie Brodie Report to explain the mystery of why a suit advanced against David Werdegar is not part of the public records maintained by the San Diego Superior Court. 

 

Matthew Werdegar AKA Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van NestDavid Werdegar
(L) Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest and David Werdegar (R), deposed former CEO of of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (image: courtesy photo)

As was reported earlier, an Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered a change of venue in a case pending against David Werdegar of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (IOA).

The suit — adavnaced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey — has been transfered to neighboring San Diego County Superior Court.

Werdegar, who resides in Ross, is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

Prior to the commencement of the action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprities involving himself, his wife, and his son Matthew Werdegar – a partner at the litigation botique Keker & Van Nest, headed by contreversial litigator John Keker.

Subsequent to Werdegar’s departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization’s new President and CEO.

Dydzak’s suit avers that Justice Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab.

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither.

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

As noted above, shortly before Dydzak filed his lawsuit, David Werdegar abruptly resigned from his post as the CEO of IOA.

The Institute on Aging is a San Francisco-based senior care facility. It started out as part of Mount Zion Hospital (a client of Howard Rice) , and metamorphosed into its current form.

 

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:

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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

Sunne McPeak’s CETF Awards Funds to Little Tokyo Service Center(Note: $ from sham outfits to LTSC-sufficient to build mission control;disquieting ties to Fujie,Wattai,CCPF’s Johnson-all injured Dydzak;$Verizon/MTO$)

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned San Francisco-based controversial entity California Emerging Technology Fund (“CETF”) has recently awarded tens of thousands of dollars to Los Angeles-based controversial entity Little Tokyo Service Center (“LTSC”).

CETF has been established as a non-profit corporation pursuant to orders from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in approving the mergers of SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI in 2005.  As a condition of approval of the mergers, AT&T and Verizon are required to contribute to CETF a total of $60 million over 5 years for the purpose of achieving ubiquitous access to broadband and advanced services in California, particularly in underserved communities, through the use of emerging technologies by 2010. AT&T will contribute $9 million per year and Verizon will contribute $3 million per year. The CPUC also directed that at least $5 million should be used for telemedicine projects, according to its website www.cetfund.org 

 

Sunne Wright McPeak is the Action Fund chairwoman for California Forward. She will speak Tuesday, Jan. 10, in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo

Sunne McPeak of CETF — confederate of LINK AMERICAS’ Foundation’s Costa Rica devotee Brenda Kempster and fraudster Barbara O’Connor of Lucas Public Affairs/AARP

 

 

Recently, CETF, headed by embattled Sunne McPeak (who gained fame for intentionally withholding vital Bay Bridge documents from State Auditor Elaine Howle), sparked an outcry as well as accusations of cronyism and mismanagement.

“At a time when folks across California are struggling to make ends meet, I think CEO Sunne Wright McPeak annual salary of $350,000.00 sends a terrible message,” a source seeking anonymity stated.

Related story, please see@:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1344456/posts

 

 

 

Freada and Mitchell Kapor Under Scrutiny for Alleged Money Laundering Also to Campaign of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in Conjunction with Level Playing Field Institute / Kapor Enterprises / The California Endowment

Kamala Harris at  Kapor Center

Kamala Harris of CaliforniaALL at The Kapor Center. During the 2008-2010 election cycles, San Francisco-based “The Kapor Center” was utilized by the campaigns of both Barack Obama and Kamala Harris.(Image: courtesy)

In 2009, Mitchell and Freada Kapor’s non-profit Level Playing Field Institute (“LPFI”) forwarded to Kapor Enterprises “only”  $ 237, 977.00

 

LPFI 2009

 

 

 

In 2010, the amount Kapor’s LPFI forwarded to Kapor Enterprises jumped to $391,351.00 — an increase of around $160,000

 

 CaliforniaALL's Freada Klein Kapor of Level Playing Field Institute Payments to Kapor Enterprises 1

 

 

 

 

While other explanations certainly exist, preliminary and ongoing research caused YR to entertain thoughts the additional $160,000 from one entity controlled by Freada and Mitch Kapor (i.e. LPFI) to a separate entity controlled by Freada and Mitch Kapor ( i.e. Kapor Enterprises) stems from a peculiar grant LPFI suddenly obtained from, among others, The California Endowment.

 

Robert Ross of The California Endowment

Proxy Robert Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment

The California Endowment (headed by proxy Robert Ross)  only “makes grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and public agencies that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians. Level Playing Field Institute (“LPFI”) founded in 2001 by Freada Klein Kapor to encourage kids to pursue careers in the fields commonly know as STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

In 2010, The California Endowment awarded LPFI the sum of $50,000.

Incidentally, Mitch Kapor — a tech guru in his own right– provided technical assistance to the campaigns of both Barack Obama and Kamala Harris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

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

 

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

 

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

August 31, 2012

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

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

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

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

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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)

For sale by owner.jpg

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.

everything-must-go.jpg

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 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…

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

 

 

Ruthe Catolico Ashley on High School Law Academies (TLR Note: Laughable and inaccurate at the extreme, especially “Here and There Comment” ; YR: So long as not an attempt to justify/involve $$$$/PG&E – not a problem; see more TLR commentary, below)

October 2012: Source: Asian Bar Association of Sacramento

http://www.abassacramento.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ABAS-newsletter-fina…

I looked expectantly at my new students as they filed into the classroom on my first day of teaching in the law academy at De Anza High School in Richmond, California. For a month, these 10th and 11th graders were taught first by a social science teacher, then a substitute – both excellent teachers but neither with any experience in the law.

So I had come late and these students did not have the benefit of structure, substance or consistency in their first month in the law academy. Admittedly, I thought I was a natural at teaching and I loved kids of all ages.

I knew the substantive material would be familiar and relatively easy. My expectations were of eager students ready to listen carefully, study hard and learn the critical thinking skills that would give them a choice of any career including pathways into the legal profession. Expectations threw me for a curve. Although there were students that certainly did all of these, others brought me to my knees.

DeAnza High School is one of the six law academies started in 2010 in a unique partnership between the State Bar of California and the California Department of Education.

I was one of three partners who put the structure together (Patricia Lee, Special Assistant for Diversity & Bar Relations of the State Bar of California and Karen Shores, formerly the Education Programs Consultant for California Partnership Academies at the California Department of Educa-tion).

The formation of the California Law Academy Strategic Task Force (CLAS) in 2010 brought together 80 of the movers and shak-ers in the legal profession and in education. CLAS included law firm partners, law school deans, judges, government lawyers, school superintendents and principals, general counsels, bar executives and presidents to build the first six law academies in the state under the California Partnership Academy (CPA) model. The bar was looking to build a profession that reflected the population that we serve in the justice system. The CPA model provided the racial and ethnic diversity in its student popu-lation that would meet this goal.

Created by the California State Legislature in 1986, there are currently over 500 CPA’s in California in our public high schools. All CPA’s create a partnership between the school, school district and an “industry” such as health, finance, energy, business.

Although there were many law enforcement academies and other justice system efforts, there were no pure law academies and the profession as an organized bar was not involved with the exception of a few lawyers here and there. (Emphasis added)

These six law academies brought the organized bar and its lawyers and judges to the schools. This was the first “boots on the ground” project on such a grand scale to br ing lawyers and the law into a partnership with teachers and school districts.

We now have law academies in San Diego, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Elk Grove, Sacramento and Richmond.

Five of the six are in their second y ear of existence with 10 th and 11 th graders. The legislation requires that 50% of the students be “at risk” and that these CPA’s be housed in public high schools that have at least 350 students. Each academy has 3 core courses and a career tech course that starts in 10 th grade and concludes in their senior year.

Throughout the three years, the profession participates as mentors, creates internships, becomes speakers and co-teaches in the classroom. Each academy has a regional team of lawyers and judges who works closely with the teaching team in planning field trips, motivational activities and assisting with curriculum. On my first day of teaching, I came face to face with the “at risk” requirement.

I was not prepared for the barriers that I faced in actually teaching. Before any teaching occurred, I needed to gain their trust, to learn classr oom management, to render approp riate discipline and to throw everything I had thought about teaching out and start from the beginning. As I got to know them individually, I started to understand the lack of resources that so many live with: the foster parents, the single parent home, the drug addict ions in people they love, the brushes with the law, the lack of success that so many have lived with and the low expectations they had of them-selves. They have taught me so much more than I ever dreamed. I see each of them as a bundle of potential….what an opportunity to build hope, inspire motivation, give them a glimpse of what they can be and help them reach their dreams.

Some come to school every day having lived through a harrowing night. Some find school the safest place to be. Some have learning disabilities or have been told they will never amount to anything. But small victories abound – when one comes up and says they love their law class. When a noth-er trusts enough to share their life and ask for help. When each begins to respond to law and the classroom setting in a posit ive and upbeat way. Now, after a month, I hear cheerful “Hello, Mrs. Ashley” as I meet each student at the door of the classroom. As I walk t hrough campus, voices call out to me. Each of my four classes has AP students who influence the “at risk” students in ways that encourage their academic work. They are on their way to Ivy League school s and they are a joy to teach. The CPA model creates a family as the students move through high school together. This family, as any family, has its crises, its problems and its successes. But as all families, it’s the trust that grows and the love that binds.

Source:  http://www.abassacramento.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ABAS-newsletter-fina…

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TLR Note:

1. Simply put, he claim by Ashley that “Although there were many law enforcement academies and other justice system efforts, there were no pure law academies and the profession as an organized bar was not involved with the exception of a few lawyers here and there is false.

For example, a quick google search shows that the Contra Costa Bar Association launched a “Law Academy” already in 2009.  CCBA states:

“Our Law Academy encompasses a theme-based, college preparatory curriculum and extensive extracurricular and academic support programs.

The Academy was approved by the district and is supported in part through funding from the Irvine Foundation.

The curriculum includes three elements:

  • law-related content embedded in required courses in English, Social Studies, Math and Science
  • law-specific elective courses such as Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice
  • work-based learning throughout the four years of study

The program serves the diverse student body in the district. The Academy enrolled its first 100 ninth-grade students in the fall of 2009, and will grow to 400 students in four years.”

See @: http://www.cccba.org/attorney/build-your-practice/volunteer-law-academy.php

2.    According to annonymous sources, YR is highy skeptical of the claim that Ruthe Ashley and Patricia Lee somehow launched a whole new partenrship between the State of California/Department of Education and the State Bar of California in 2010.

The sources maintain that only recently those self-serving statments referencing events in 2010 begun to show up in doubious publications, such as the journal of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, and the like.

The sources also maintain that YR, subsequent to being awarded outstanding volunteer of the year from the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”), also participated in BASF  “Law Academy” at Balboa High School in San Francisco.

Finally, the sources indicated that an examination has been launched to ensure no shananigans is taking place by trying to recreate the past as fas as PG&E, Berkeley Green Academy, and CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

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”.

Dr. David Werdegar — Former CEO of San Francisco’s Institute on Aging — Hereby Asked to Opine on Suspicious Circumstances In Re Monetary Grants From The California Endowment to Lucas Public Affairs Prior to Election of Barack Obama

Dr. David Werdegar — public policy health expert and former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging —  is hereby asked to opine on events relating to the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars from The California Endowment to Lucas Public Affairs.

On April, 2011 President and CEO Dr. David Werdegar, Board Chair Anthony Wagner, State Senator Leland Yee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and Supervisor Eric Mar attended IOA’s Senior Campus ribbon-cutting ceremony.  A substantial portion of  IOA’s budget arrives from the City and County of San Francisco which uses IOA and its facilities to care for some its aging population.  Werdegar, husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, abruptly quit his position with IOA following an expose on The Leslie Brodie Report of alleged improprieties involving himself, his wife, and his son Matthew Werdegar – a partner at the litigation botique Keker & Van Nest. (Image:courtesy of IOA)

Specifically, despite the claim by The California Endowment —  a private health foundation created after the conversion of BlueCross of California to a for-profit company that provides grants to community based organizations throughout California —  that it only “makes grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and public agencies that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians. To apply for a grant, applicant organizations or their fiscal sponsor must generally have valid tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity—not as a “private foundation” under section 509(a). (See @: http://www.calendow.org/about/overview.aspx)

The California Endowment, nevertheless, awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Sacramento-based for-profit public relation firm headed by operative Donna Lucas —  Lucas Public Affairs.

Robert Ross, seen in 2010, explains the choice of name for California's health insurance exchange: "Covered is an action verb, and if we do our job, that's what we want to happen," said Ross, an exchange board member and chief executive of the California Endowment.

Robert Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment

For example, prior to the November election, on August 22, 2012, The California Endowment, conveniently, “made” a grant of $417,000 to Lucas Public Affairs headed by operative Donna Lucas to “provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.”

Approving the grant on behalf of The California Endowment was Lucas’ friend and confederate — Daniel Zingale.

See below:

Recipient: Lucas Public Affairs
Recipient Location: 1215 K Street,, Suite 1120
  Sacramento, CA  95814
Recipient URL: www.lucaspublicaffairs.com
Recipient EIN: 26-1795985
Recipient Type: For Profit
Grantmaker: The California Endowment
Grant Amount: $417,500
   
Duration: 12 months
Fiscal Year End: 2013
Description: Affordable Care Act Education Effort – Phase 3: To provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.
Geographic Area Served: California
Grant Target Population Groups: Density: Urban & Rural
Age: Adult and Seniors (Generally 18+)
Gender: Males & Females
Ethnicity: Multi/No Single Ethnicity Targeted
Other: Uninsured & Underinsured
Program Area: Affordable Care Act
Support Type: PROJECT

 

 
There were 5 grants found. Here are the search results:

         
 
  Award date  

Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount  
 
 
  08/10/10 Lucas Public Affairs Strategic Communications Plan (20102560) $200,000.00  
 
 
  08/26/10 Lucas Public Affairs Outreach Campaign (20102559) $127,000.00  
 
 
  09/11/11 Lucas Public Affairs The New Health Law Education Effort – Phase 2 (20111599) $360,000.00  
 
 
  01/03/12 Lucas Public Affairs The New Health Law Education Effort – Phase 2 (20111599) $287,640.00  
 
 
  08/22/12 Lucas Public Affairs Affrodable Care Act Education Effort – Phase 3 (20121601) $417,500.00  
 

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Related story — Mitt Romney:Barack Obama’s health care plan useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voter please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/mitt-romneybarack-obamas-health-…

Carol Watts Avers Dydzak Dismissed Case Against Joe Dunn as Judge Manuel Real Set to Rule on Motions (TLR Note: which pebble in shoe prompts Watts to obsess with Dydzak’s legal journey?)

One Carol Watts wrote: “Dydzak’s RICO case filed in DC District court is now pending before Judge Real in the Central District and scheduled for dismissal on Oct 29, 2012. Dydzak v Dunn was voluntarily dismissed by Dydzak after Def’s filed motions to have him deemed vexatious in the state court.”

Watts commnet comes on the heel of report that former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidently, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Additionally, the suit also names as defendants Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

The suit contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.
 
Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid reports of alleged financial improprieties.

In a separate suit, Dydzak’s averred that California Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little — Spouse of Hastings College of Law’s Rory Little (In Re Girardi Special Prosecutor Accused of Criminal Conduct) Launches New Website As YR Prepares to Picket a Beach in San Francisco

Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little has launched a new website.

Little, who is married to Rory Little — a professor at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, handled high-stakes criminal and complex civil litigation for more than 25 years, and was previously recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers In America” for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense according to Keker & Van Nest.

The address of the new website is http://jannielsenlittlekeker.net/

UC Hastings Prof Rory Little

Rory Little, spouse of Jan Little of Keker & Van Nest.  Professor Little is a Ninth Circuit judicial aspirant and professor of law at U.C. Hastings. He  was appointed special prosecutor in the matter of In Re Girardi by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.


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

Peviously, in papers submitted to federal court, a party not associated with TLR/YR accused Ninth Circuit Judicial Aspirant Rory Little of compromising his ethics in exchange for a promise of judgeship. (see above)

Unfortunately, Keker & Van Ness questionable method of operating through a diverse proxy in various matters, including in the matter of In Re Girardi, ipso facto created a scenario by which the interests of Jan and Rory Little are inconsistent with those of The Leslie Brodie Report and YR — who exposed the scheme in the matter of In Re Girardi / Howard Rice.


Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese. 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)

As such, consistent with the efforts to obtain publicity for the cause, YR is mulling, reluctantly,  a peaceful assembly to expose the antics of Rory Little/ Keker & Van Nest in front of Hastings College of the Law, in the rotunda known as “The Beach.”

Other alternative methods to expose Little may include the use of leaflets, which will be placed in the SIC folder of each student.

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

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

3 card monty

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

gambling pictures

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

Three Card Monte in Las Vegas

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

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

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


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

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

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

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


Tony West, Chris Young

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

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

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

State Bar of California profile of Chris Young

 

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

See original story @:

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

See also subsequent ethics complaint @:

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

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

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

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

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich



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

 

Addicted to Race — The left’s long twilight struggle against imaginary bigotry (TLR Note: Mitch and Freada Kapor certainly qualify; Keker/Brosnahan — misuse / act through minorities to engage in questionable conduct)

Slowly but surely, the toxin of bias is being leached out of American culture, if incrementally and by degrees. A Catholic was elected president in 1960, and since then Catholic nominees and candidates have become commonplace.

A Jew was nominated in 2000 for vice president, and was a help to his ticket. In 2004 and 2008 respectively, Joe Lieberman and Rudy Giuliani ran for president, and their names and religions did not become issues. The country’s first black president was elected four years ago by a fairly large margin.

This year, a black woman and a Hispanic were the first choices of many Republican voters for vice president, and children of Hispanic and Indian immigrants are rising Republican stars. Pockets of bias remain, but this country has reached the stage at which no success is beyond the reach of any American for reasons other than personal failings.

But as racism fades, concern over it seems to grow stronger than ever, at least with a clique on the left that longs to hold on to the issue, and works without stopping to keep race alive.

Please continue @: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/addicted-race_654403.html

A civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar was filed in federal court.

The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

Specifically, defendnats engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud.

The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.

 

Sir James J. Brosnahan
MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG — Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that operatives participated in what appears to be a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the California Bar Foundation and non-profit entity CaliforniaALL as a vehicle to embezzle and launder funds originated from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation to push for the election of Barack Obama in general, and on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy in particular.  Presently, viewed as potential wrongdoers are Jeffrey Bleich, Ron Olson, Brad Phillips (of Munger Tolles & Olson) John Roos and Mark Parnes (of Wilson Sonsini) James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster) Steven Churchwell (of DLA Piper in Sacramento) Kamala Harris and Freada Klein Kapor of CaliforniaALL (image: courtesy)

 

 The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

Matt Werdegar is the son of David Werdegar — the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

Prior to the commencement of a prior action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprities involving himself, his wife, and his son David .

 



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

Suit alleges San Francisco law firm — a criminal racketeering enterprise

A civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar was filed in federal court.

The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

Specifically, defendnats engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud.

 

 



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

The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.

The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

Matt Werdegar is the son of David Werdegar — the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

Prior to the commencement of a prior action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprities involving himself, his wife, and his son David .

Subsequent to Werdegar’s departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization’s new President and CEO.

Dydzak’s prior suit avers that Justice Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab.

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither.

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

Please continue @: https://la.indymedia.org/news/2012/09/255996.php

 

 

Longtime Champion of Justice Philip Edward Kay of San Francisco Passes Away at 59

Californians across the state are sharing their sympathy after it was announced that Philip Edward Kay passed away at the age of 59.

A longtime champion of justice, Kay gained famed for his role as the lawyer who beat Jerome Falk of Howard Rice in the case of Reena Weeks vs. Baker McKenzie.

The verdict in that case sent shock waves reverberating that sexual harassment and discrimination of female lawyers and staff will not be tolerated.

He was married to Robin Kay, who sources describe as “the best paralegal in California.”

In a  statement sources stated Phil was always a fighter, a firefighter, a fighter for justice, and a fighter in trying to stamp out the corruption at the State Bar of California imposed by corporate interests hiding behind and operating through corrupt, greedy,  and incompetent Africans, Asians, and Latinos.

Phil was fiercely independent, and never chose to put his interests ahead of his clients.  We send our thoughts and prayers to Robin and the rest of the family.

TIMELINE 2009: Harvard Professor Larry Lessig Sells San Francisco Home For $2.098M (TLR Note: Headline sexist – ignores spouse Bettina Neuefeind of Bay Area Legal Aid/ OBAMA FOR AMERICA)

Lester Lessig and Bettina Neuefeind sold a three-bath home at 370 Dorantes Ave. in West of Twin Peaks to Ruth and Antoine Abdulmassih for $2.098 million on Nov. 13.

Lessig and Neuefeind paid $1.225 million for the property in Sept. 2000. The 3,156-square-foot home was built in 1927.

 

Bettina Neuefeind

Bettina Neuefeind at the Kapor Center located at 543 Howard St. (image courtesy)

Lessig is an academic and political activist best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum. He currently serves as director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and as a law professor at Harvard Law School. He previously held teaching appointments at Stanford Law School, where he was founder of the center for internet and society.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He studied law first at Harvard and then at Yale.

Neuefeind is an attorney based in San Francisco.

She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St Louis and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Source:

http://sf.blockshopper.com/news/story/2600058937-Harvard_Law_School_professor…

 

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

ben could be still only so long –

 

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

 

our favorite meal? sushi.

Ben Pilgreen

Lead Pastor
ben@epicsf.com

Tim Milner

Executive Pastor
tim@epicsf.com

Brad Keel

Worship Pastor
brad@epicsf.com

Lindsey Lee

Director of City Life
lindsey@epicsf.com

Ben Lee

Director of Media
ben.lee@epicsf.com

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

=======

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

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

Chairs: $14,533.75

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

Staging: $6,575.00

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

Audio/Visual: $17,620.00

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

Epic Kids: $3,500.00

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

Supplies/Signage: $2,000.00

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

Giving Instructions

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

Epic Church
PO Box 77604
San Francisco, CA 94107

Source:  http://epicsf.com/543howard/

=====

BEN AND SHAUNA TRIP TO HAWAII 

Source:

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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

 

island

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

 

say goodbye to routine as you know it.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A Little About our Adoption

 

Source:

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

 

 

the timeline as it happens:

 

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

 

April 4.2012: Filled out international adoption registration online

 

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

 

April 24.2012: Called and had questions answered by AWAA

 

May 4.2012: Approved for India adoption program with AWAA

 

May 5.2012: Paid initial placement fee of $2200

 

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

 

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

 

May 19.2012: Wrote our 2-4 page autobiographies

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

 

May 20.2012: Filled out and signed letter of guardianship

 

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

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

 

May 22.2012: Accomplished live scan fingerprinting ($178)

 

May 25.2012: Received Ben’s birth certificate

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

June 4.2012: Received letter of guardianship from family 

 

June 11.2012: Received our marriage certificate

 

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

 

July 5.2012: Paid $195 for Hague online training

 

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

 

July 11.2012: Boys had their physicals

 

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

 

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

 

July 21.2012: Completed the third and final home study 

 

July 27.2012: Received finalized and approved home study from AWAA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


_________________________________________________________________________________

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


india.
a girl.
american world adoption.

 

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

 

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

 

we seek to love her as our own. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mitchell KaporFreada Kapor Klein 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

ben could be still only so long –

 

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

 

our favorite meal? sushi.

Ben Pilgreen

Lead Pastor
ben@epicsf.com

Tim Milner

Executive Pastor
tim@epicsf.com

Brad Keel

Worship Pastor
brad@epicsf.com

Lindsey Lee

Director of City Life
lindsey@epicsf.com

Ben Lee

Director of Media
ben.lee@epicsf.com

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

=======

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

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

Chairs: $14,533.75

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

Staging: $6,575.00

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

Audio/Visual: $17,620.00

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

Epic Kids: $3,500.00

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

Supplies/Signage: $2,000.00

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

Giving Instructions

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

Epic Church
PO Box 77604
San Francisco, CA 94107

Source:  http://epicsf.com/543howard/

=====

BEN AND SHAUNA TRIP TO HAWAII 

Source:

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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

 

island

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

 

say goodbye to routine as you know it.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A Little About our Adoption

 

Source:

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

 

 

the timeline as it happens:

 

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

 

April 4.2012: Filled out international adoption registration online

 

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

 

April 24.2012: Called and had questions answered by AWAA

 

May 4.2012: Approved for India adoption program with AWAA

 

May 5.2012: Paid initial placement fee of $2200

 

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

 

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

 

May 19.2012: Wrote our 2-4 page autobiographies

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

 

May 20.2012: Filled out and signed letter of guardianship

 

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

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

 

May 22.2012: Accomplished live scan fingerprinting ($178)

 

May 25.2012: Received Ben’s birth certificate

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

June 4.2012: Received letter of guardianship from family 

 

June 11.2012: Received our marriage certificate

 

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

 

July 5.2012: Paid $195 for Hague online training

 

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

 

July 11.2012: Boys had their physicals

 

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

 

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

 

July 21.2012: Completed the third and final home study 

 

July 27.2012: Received finalized and approved home study from AWAA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


_________________________________________________________________________________

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


india.
a girl.
american world adoption.

 

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

 

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

 

we seek to love her as our own. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mitchell KaporFreada Kapor Klein 

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

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

 

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

 

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

———————————————————————–

 

 

TIMELINE — SUMMER 2010 : DLA Piper Which Housed CaliforniaALL Partnered with CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor’s Level Playing Field Institute to Provide Internships for Minority Undergraduates in DLA Piper’s San Francisco (TLR Note: Video Dated 2009)


As part of our pipeline initiative, the San Francisco office hosted undergraduate student interns in a program sponsored by Level Playing Field Institute.

Throughout the summer, we again partnered with the Level Playing Field’s IDEAL Scholars program and the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars program to provide summer internships for minority undergraduates in our San Francisco Office.

The Level Playing Field Institute’s IDEAL Scholars program is a six-week internship for low-income, under-represented students of color attending the University of California-Berkeley who are interested in pursuing law school. The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) provides four-year college scholarships to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and develop their leadership potential. DLA Piper’s close relationship with the JRF, including our providing office space and resources to JRF’s West Coast operations in Los Angeles, came about through Los Angeles Managing Partner Michael Meyer, who is on the JRF board and is a longtime supporter of its scholarship program.

During their internship with us, the students shadow DLA Piper lawyers and staff; at the culmination of their internship, they deliver a presentation on the functions and synergies of the departments with which they worked. The goal of the internship is to give the students some perspective of what it is like to work in a large law firm and to develop an appreciation for all jobs performed. Hear from past IDEAL scholars in a YouTube presentation provided by the Level Playing Field Institute.

 

Sources:

http://www.dlapiper.com/files/upload/DLA_Piper_Diversity_and_Inclusion_News_J…

 

AND:

 

http://www.dlapiperdiversity.com/community/

 

AND:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy-Qts35c3E

 

 

 

AIDS: What the Government Isn’t Telling You — By Dr. Lorraine Day M.D. (TLR Note: Is Dr. Day Indirectly Accuses Nefarious David Werdegar ???)

Dr. Lorraine Day, an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon and lecturer, was on the faculty of the University of California, San Franscisco for 15 years. As Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, the only trauma hospital in that city, she operated on as many AIDS patients asa ny surgeon in the country. Dr. Day, like all trauma surgeons,was covered with blood from patients’ gun shot wounds, stab wounds and other massive injuries day after day, year after year,while being assured by the “experts” that her work was not
 
hazardous.Dr. Day explains in this book how she suddenly discovered that the “experts”were not telling the full truth about AIDS to the surgeons, to other medical personnel and to the public. She reveals astonishing, well documented facts about the AIDS epidemic, facts that the government denies but facts that you must know to protect yourself and your family from this fatal disease.

Preface

The seeds of this book were planted in my childhood bymy father who frequently listened to my pleas to “do what allthe other kids are doing.” He would then respond, “Herd-instinct; why do you want to do what the herd is doing? Whydon’t you decide what’s right and stand on your own twofeet!” While I was growing up, both my father and mother instilled in my brother and me the importance of honesty and integrity. “Don’t ever compromise your principles for personal,financial or political gain,” they told us again and again.
 
As a young orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor atthe University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco-general Hospital, my days were filled with many duties, includ-ing teaching medical students and resident doctors in training,operating on patients and caring for them both in and out of the hospital. Nearly everyone I worked with was honest and straight-forward.
 
As I moved up the ladder and interacted with the leaders of both the hospital and the university I was perplexed,saddened and even repulsed to perceive how much these leaders had compromised the principles they must have had
 
 
AIDS: What the Government Isn’t Telling You
 
at some earlier time. For example, during one private meeting,the University Dean informed me I was “too prickly” instanding for principles. “But what do you want me to do,” I asked, “sell my soul?” His response was astonishing to meand forced me to understand the enormity of the “integrity”problem in our medical institutions. He placed his chin in hishand and looked me squarely in the eye; “Sooner or later everyone sells his soul,” said this physician, whom heretofore had admired.
 
Virtually every medical and governmental agency I dealt with had a hidden agenda, mainly political, that keptthem from handling the AIDS epidemic according to well-established public health guidelines. For a long time I was confused, unable to understand why no one seemed interested-in hearing the truth, much less publicizing it and acting on it.
 
Everyone was so busy behaving in the “politically correct”mode, a mode often necessary to keep one’s job, that creative-and imaginative political rationalizations were constructed to explain abominable committee decisions—decisions that oftenled to loss of life.
 
On October 2, 1987, when I suddenly realized that the AIDS epidemic was much more ominous than I had been told,I began working privately, not publicly, through hospital channels and medical committees to inject some commonsense into the proposed rules and regulations. In the early days of my involvement, never once did I even think of “going public” with my information. But when I found that my colleagues were saying one thing privately in committees and another thing to the press and the public, I decided that the public had a right to know the truth. So anytime I was approached by the media, I agreed to speak.
 
 The ostracism that followed was unpleasant, and the threats of bodily harm that have been directed at those whospeak out on this issue have been worrisome. But when I triedto back away, my father’s influence, like a recording, began toplay in my conscience. “Don’t do what the herd does. Decide what’s right and stand on your own two feet.”
 
Over the past several years, I have been very critical of those in government and in the medical establishment wholack the courage to speak the truth about AIDS. If I chose toremain silent because of pressures and threats that have come not only from special interest groups but from well estab-lished institutions of our country, I would be reacting in the same manner as those I have criticized.
 
I made the decision to tell what I know for the safety of the unsuspecting public, for the safety of my fellow health care workers who are taking far greater risks than the government is admitting, and for my children and the children of other concerned parents who understand that this disease does not discriminate. It can infect anyone.
 
There have been many who have supported my efforts:my orthopedic surgery residents, who for years have been my extended family; my office staff at San Francisco General Hospital including Mr. Wiley Herring, my administrative analyst, whose advice was often of critical importance and whose perception of events was right on target. His loyalty,friendship and protectiveness sustained me through some very difficult and uncomfortable times.

Please continue @:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/54251729/AIDS-What-the-Government-Isn-t-Telling-You

David Werdegar’s Institute on Aging Baord of Directors (TLR Note: Notice Name of Amy Zellerbach)

Board of Directors

Officers

Cynthia Diana Whitehead
Chair

Barbara Schraeger
Vice Chair

Clare Murphy
Treasurer & Secretary

Board Members

Lynn Brinton
Meryl Brod, Ph.D
Boone Callaway
Aaron Cooperband
Belva Davis
James Davis, MD
Irene Dietz
Lawrence Z. Feigenbaum, MD
Irwin J. Gibbs
Richard Kuchen
C. Seth Landefeld, MD
Joan Levison
Kadambari Abhay Parekh
Nurit Robinson
Donald L. Seitas
Bing Shen
Robert L. Sockolov
Victoria Stone
Anthony G. Wagner
Amy W. Zellerbach

Honorary Lifetime Directors

Kenneth J. Colvin
Adele K. Corvin
Ann Eliaser

Founding Director

Lawrence Z. Feigenbaum, MD

President and CEO

J. Thomas Briody, MHSc

Advisory Board
Marin County

Marna Cohen
Paul Cohen
Oak Dowling
Irv Gubman
John Leonard
Cyr Miller
Roberta Robinson
Don Seitas
David Werdegar, MD

Advisory Board
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

Gloria Cavanaugh
Ruth Kasle
Linda Kramer
Mike Gilfix
Victoria Stone
Dick Zukin

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Related story:

As was reported recently, an Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered a change of venue in a case pending against David Werdegar of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (IOA).

The suit — advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey — has been transferred to neighboring San Diego County Superior Court.

Werdegar, who resides in Ross, is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

Prior to the commencement of the action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprieties involving himself, his wife, and his son Matthew Werdegar – a partner at the litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest, headed by controversial litigator John Keker.

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Timeline 2010: Zellerbach Family Foundation. $50,000 — $99,999 Contributions to David Werdegar’s Institute on Aging

David Werdegar’s Institute on Aging Baord of Directors (TLR Note: Notice Name of Amy Zellerbach)

Board of Directors

Officers

Cynthia Diana Whitehead
Chair

Barbara Schraeger
Vice Chair

Clare Murphy
Treasurer & Secretary

Board Members

Lynn Brinton
Meryl Brod, Ph.D
Boone Callaway
Aaron Cooperband
Belva Davis
James Davis, MD
Irene Dietz
Lawrence Z. Feigenbaum, MD
Irwin J. Gibbs
Richard Kuchen
C. Seth Landefeld, MD
Joan Levison
Kadambari Abhay Parekh
Nurit Robinson
Donald L. Seitas
Bing Shen
Robert L. Sockolov
Victoria Stone
Anthony G. Wagner
Amy W. Zellerbach

Honorary Lifetime Directors

Kenneth J. Colvin
Adele K. Corvin
Ann Eliaser

Founding Director

Lawrence Z. Feigenbaum, MD

President and CEO

J. Thomas Briody, MHSc

Advisory Board
Marin County

Marna Cohen
Paul Cohen
Oak Dowling
Irv Gubman
John Leonard
Cyr Miller
Roberta Robinson
Don Seitas
David Werdegar, MD

Advisory Board
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

Gloria Cavanaugh
Ruth Kasle
Linda Kramer
Mike Gilfix
Victoria Stone
Dick Zukin

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Related story:

As was reported recently, an Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered a change of venue in a case pending against David Werdegar of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging (IOA).

The suit — advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey — has been transferred to neighboring San Diego County Superior Court.

Werdegar, who resides in Ross, is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

Prior to the commencement of the action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprieties involving himself, his wife, and his son Matthew Werdegar – a partner at the litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest, headed by controversial litigator John Keker.

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

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

 

 

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

First, Ugotrade:

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

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

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

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

Freada encapsulated the mission of 543 Howard to me:

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

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

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

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

Everyone was quite nervous at the beginning of the night!

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

 

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

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

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

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

Please see source:

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

 

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) Chose San Francisco Keker & Van Nest as Winner of 2012 Law Firm Diversity Award (TLR Note: 1- Keker lacks commitment to LGBT, unlike MTO 2- Firms in SV partial of APA ?)

Palo Alto-based Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) selected San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest for its 2012 Law Firm Diversity Award.

According to Keker & Van Nest, the selection committee chose the firm for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and the many diversity programs and initiatives the firm has spearheaded. See@: http://kvn.com/news/news-items/Keker-Van-Nest-Wins-Diversity-Award

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) Keker Van Nest Diversity Award

 

 

 

 

The Law Firm Diversity Award will be presented at APABA-SV’s annual scholarship and commitment to diversity awards dinner on October 12, 2012 at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, California.   Questions?  Email apabasv.diversity@gmail.com

Formed over twenty years ago, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s mission is to foster professional development, advocacy and community involvement for Silicon Valley’s Asian Pacific American legal community.

 

Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker On Roger Forbes: “why this girlie club guy is going to try to take away a San Francisco institution”; John Keker on Client Jeannette Etheredge: “Everybody knows she’s a pain in the ass”

Tosca Cafe, the North Beach hangout where Caruso croons on the jukebox, Francis Ford Coppola drinks in the back room and red vinyl booths haven’t gone out of style, may be evicted.

Eight years short of its 100th anniversary, the iconic watering hole on Columbus is engaged in a rent dispute that could close the doors. Attorney John Keker, who is representing Tosca owner Jeannette Etheredge, says the landlord, strip club owner Roger Forbes, is playing hardball.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/North-Beach-hangout-may-be-strip…

 

AND @:

 

http://sfist.com/2012/08/22/legendary_tosca_cafe_facing_possibl.php#photo-1

JCW Assails California Deposed Chief Justice Ronald George, Mary Roberts (TLR Note: JCW Neglected to Mention George’s Confederates: Mark Leno, Mike Feuer, Bet Tzedek ; Kay Werdegar and Husband David Werdegar of Institute on Aging)

While there remains a significant presence of King George loyalists throughout the branch, we think it is safe to day that the so-called legacy of King George and his purported accomplishments amount to a 15 year game of three card monte. For every new central courthouse you open, several other courthouses will be closed down,  shuttered or fall into a state of unsafe disrepair due to a lack of  operating and maintenance  funds. We’ve shown just one example where millions were spent to fix a building and permitted to immediately fall into a state of disrepair. This is happening statewide. While Judges would get the benefit of salary increases and SBX211 exoneration, they would lose their ability to independently command the courtroom through a myriad of circumstance, relegating most to in-chamber mandatory settlement conferences and other tasks.

Thousands of court employees would lose their jobs serving the people in pursuit of funding the now failed legacy that is CCMS. Those in power wish to blame us for their failures, for if we just had remained silent and permitted them to siphon off up to 3 billion dollars to digitize every court record in the state, they would have been able to deliver to you the judicial nirvana of venue transparency.

There has been much discussion on this site, in comments on other sites and even in editorials referencing the man behind the curtain. Today’s Judicial Council, with a few notable and hopefully promising exceptions does not appear to deviate much from the Judicial Council of a few years ago. However, it is wholly conceivable that soon we might actually witness the assembly three dissenting votes! Huzzah! We’ve come a long way, baby!

While we no longer have people like Richard Huffman or King George sitting on the council openly insulting critics, I think it is important to note that they and others continue to remain the power brokers in Judicial Branch politics. Just appointed to the position of executive director of the AOC we have taking the helm the woefully under-qualified Mr. Steven Jahr who not too long ago basically indicated that judicial branch critics were so full of it that their eyes were brown. “But I did that as a private citizen” he tells us.

Nobody can investigate it, even though every major indicator is present going back for a dozen years. Nobody can prosecute it if no one can investigate it. Thus far, nobody has successfully argued the issues in any court of law and we all know it would be overturned by the “old court system” regardless of the decision anyways. This would only serve to paint the poor judge as a target for Judicial Council & power broker retaliation and AOC to court funding cuts.

What makes this all a fascinating story is that judges themselves cannot come out and say “Hey, that is illegal, unlawful or unconstitutional” so there exists this natural void between judges and mainstream media because if they are unwilling to say it, mainstream media is unwilling to investigate it. Yet you can and all have bared witness to all of the press and media building the media files of anecdotal evidence that all points to a series of  suspiciously monumental problems that are always solved by the time the media story breaks. Snapshots in time. New program management that is the same as the old program management. Situations resolved of actual impropriety by retaliating against those that brought it up. Software that works, just not in any court. $2,000.00 light bulbs, because your ignorance of real world maintenance costs permits it and they point out that you don’t understand.  And so on and so forth.

Would a few retired judges be able to outline the indictment, share it with the press and endure the fallout?

While the SEC report was a remarkable document, it is what it did not say that was as equally remarkable because it was largely composed by judges and justices. What we read in the SEC report with respect to Mary Roberts alone was carefully tiptoeing up to the line, thoroughly outlining the indictment in the most judiciously innocuous terms yet not being able to openly come out and say fire the b!

And it is because of this that Mary “The Lizard” Roberts is still there in the catbirds seat controlling outcomes by establishing and enforcing unwritten judicial branch policy much like any attorney for the mob would.

Imagine for a moment what a simultaneous report released by someone like, say, the Center for Investigative Reporting or Frontline might focus on if they were sitting in the same rooms and attending the same meetings and fact-finding sessions of the SEC committee.

Imagine how fast federal indictments would follow such a report. 

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/bringing-about-the-end…

 

COMMENTS:

Wendy Darling:

Case fixing at 455 Golden Gate Avenue? Sadly, not even surprising.

The State Legislature, or the Attorney General, of the U.S. Department of Justice, or any law enforcement agency, investigating the AOC for fraud or corruption? Now, THAT would be surprising. Given the Legislature’s, the Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Department of Justice’s, and law enforcement’s, demonstrated indifference over the last 4 or 5 years, however, to do any such thing, despite overwhelming evidence, chances are pigs will fly first and h*ll will freeze over – at the same time.

As they like to say at 455 Golden Gate Avenue: We can do whatever we want, because there’s no one to hold us accountable.

Long live the ACJ.

 

Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak:

Great commentary. Notwithstanding “past” fixing of cases, Mary Roberts and others will NOW be sued in a new lawsuit including RICO violations and a Class Action. Mel Belli, Esq. hired me and he would have done the same thing. Judges are already waking up across the state and elsewhere; where a judge or judges impermissibly and unethically talk with Ms. Roberts and/or Beth Jay and others to fix cases, a NEW Belliesque lawsuit is on its way. And it will be shortly filed and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear about it. I still believe that there are fair judges out there that do NOT want to continue the King George reign. And they are speaking out loud and clear. GET the legislature to either ABOLISH the AOC completely and start anew, or, in the alternative, CUT OFF THEIR FUNDING AND MONIES. Mary Roberts and company will not want to stick around when their fat paychecks are cut off. Again, Ms. ROBERTS knows that my lawsuit is coming–and since she is such an unethical attorney, she will be named as the FIRST DEFENDANT, then RONALD M. GEORGE et al.

Assemblyman CALDERSON should be contacted to abolish the AOC or cut off its funding. In fact,this weekend I will shoot off an email to his Chief of Staff asking him to do that. Mr. Jar, are you listening? Keep up the fight.

 

JCW:

We’ve mentioned that some get appointed to the star chamber because they did something wrong or illegal and rather than face prosecution, they are selected as malleable tools to be used by the power brokers.

In our ongoing investigation of how some of these compromised players got to the star chamber, we’re working on the story that will illustrate how our favorite hockey puck, Judge Dave Rosenberg got there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KVN’s Matthew Werdegar, IOA’s David Werdegar, CSCAJ Kathryn Werdegar Hereby Asked to Admit Agreement to Urge KVN’s Jon Streeter to Violate Dan Dydzak Rights Amid Revelations Re IOA, Howard Rice, Charles Schwab (TLR Note: Reason #3 Streeter Dubbed “Proxy”

Keker & Van Nest’s Matthew Werdegar, Institute on Aging’s David Werdegar, and California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar Hereby Asked to Admit Unlawful Agreement to Urge Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter to Injure Dan Dydzak Amid Revelations Re IOA, Howard Rice, Charles Schwab.  (TLR Note: Separate and apart from Jon Streeter own motives relating to Chris Young, Kamala Harris, CaliforniaALL, KVN, and Obama for America)

On February 7, 2012, TLR published: “Profile of Institute on Aging ‘s David Werdegar (Spouse of Honorable Kathryn Werdegar)”.

Please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/profile-of-institute-on-aging-s-…

On February 8, 2012, TLR published: “Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Hereby Asked to Opine on Relationship Between Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco and David Werdegar of Institute on Aging (IOA) / Keker Van Nest’s Matthew Werdegar.”

Please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/legal-scholar-dan-dydzak-hereby-…

Admit that Subsequent to the publication of the above,  Jon Streeter — hoping to also serve the financial interests of IOA, Team Werdegar, Howard Rice, California Bar Foundation President Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice/Arnold Porter, and Charles Schwab — He (Streeter) — acting in concert and  as an agent of said entities and individuals —  unlawfully sought to obtain various computer equipment through unlawful means in hope of suppressing the truth, and for the purpouse of causing injury to Dydzak and others.



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

TLR Mulls Urging Anti-Defamation League to Speak-Up Against Defamation and Mistreatment of White-Christian, Native-American Courtesy of Jewish-American Howard Dickstein, Jeffrey Bleich, Kathryn Werdegar, Jerome Fishkin, and Operatives From Bet Tzedek

Amid calls for an examination of myriad abuses inflicted by Jews against fellow Americans, and consistent with our commitment to promote equal justice for all; The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) mulls urging US-based Anti-Defamation League to use its resources to combat such atrocities, to wit:

JEROME FISHKIN

Simply put, Mr. Fishkin engaged in discriminatory practices and speech that demonstrate invidious animosity toward a group different from that to which he belongs, namely White Christians.  This is particularly true if the individuals in question are members of the working class and appear to be people of faith.

As is evident from Mr. Fishkin’ Facebook postings, the average middle-class Christian white family is an irritant to him, and he holds in his heart enormous animosity and contempt toward them.

Jerome Fishkin Making Fun of Redneck. - Copy

 

As such, he often uses pejorative and demeaning stereotypes to describe them. For example, on one of his Facebook pages, Mr. Fishkin mocks women from Virginia, their virginity and their vaginas. He sets forth the stereotypes that exist in his own mind, including that women from Virginia tend to be prudent in the area of sexuality; he then attempts to make a joke about their virginity, and wonders if do or do not have vaginas. He ultimately concludes that they must, in fact, have vaginas.

Mr. Jerome Fishkin making fun of redneck - Copy

 

Yet another example of Mr. Fishkin’ leanings is an offensive photograph posted on his Facebook page. The photo, referred to as “REDNECK  is clearly intended to make fun of “REDNECKS” as lower-class, beer-drinking idiots.

By taking such cheap shots, Mr. Fishkin amuses himself and some of his Facebook friends, including Susan Margolis.

 

JEFFREY BLEICH

As necessary background, it should be mentioned that Mr. Bleich is a Jew. He lives in Berkeley, and is quite liberal in his politics. Nothing mentioned in this paragraph as part of Mr. Bleich’ background presents any problem. Rather, the information is included to provide context for his actions described below.

In 2008, Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West of Morrison & Foerster, and Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest (all major fundraisers for Barack Obama) were in attendance during a speech by which Senator Barack Obama uttered the following:

  ” And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”


Mr. Jeffrey Bleich.  In an editorial dated September 30, 2008, Metropolitan News-Enterprise’s Roger Grace wrote:  “But in light of the proclivities he (Bleich) evinced in connection with his Sept. 26 political fundraiser, a question is raised in my mind as to his fitness for the high stations in the federal government which I suspect that he covets and for which he might well be destined .” Grace’s editiorial HERE (Image:courtesy of Wikipedia)

Separately, as matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.    Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson, where Bleich serves as partner.


The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative John Keker,  former prosecutor of Oliver North.

 

HOWARD DICKSTEIN

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.

 

BET TZEDEK

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Rabbi Stan Levy, Co-Founder of Bet Tzedek

Using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

KATHRYN WERDEGAR

As was reported earlier, in a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, prominent Marina Del Rey-based legal expert Dan Dydzak alleges that California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar obstructed justice by participating in a scheme to boost the financial well-being of an entity (the Institute on Aging or “IOA”) headed by her husband, David Werdegar.

David Werdegar, Kathlyn Mickle Werdegar, Matthew Werdegar
(L-R) Dr. David Werdegar of IOA; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar; Matthew Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest Where Straw Man Jon Streeter Serves as the President of the State Bar of California.

The suit avers that Justice Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA,  totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak alleges that he sustained legal injury due to his role in suing Charles Schwab on behalf of a client — a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder, Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin which previously represented Charles Schwab.

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA, neither of which she did.

Dydzak further alleges that Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties, and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar, by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab because this would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities while at the same time enriching her husband David Werdegar financially — and, by extension, enriching her as well.

Shortly before Dydzak filed his lawsuit, David Werdegar abruptly resigned from his post as the CEO of IOA.

The Institute on Aging is a San Francisco-based senior care facility. It started as part of Mount Zion hospital (a client of Howard Rice) , and metamorphosed into its current format.

The overwhelming majority of IOA funding is provided by the City and County of San Francisco, which has a contractual relationship with IOA, and by donations by primarily Jewish foundations, such as Lisa and Matthew Chanoff, the Rose and Eugene Kleiner Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, Bernard and Barbro Osher, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

 

 

Giuliani Partners’s Rudy Giuliani Hereby Asked to Comment On Prima Facie Showing Jeff Bleich, Tony West, Kamala Harris and Jim Brosnahan Part of Scheme to Embezzle Funds From California Bar Foundation, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL, to Campaign of Barack Obama

As matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

 

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

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.    Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson, where Bleich serves as partner.


 

The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative John Keker,  former prosecutor of Oliver North.

The State Bar of California has been involved in numerous financial scandals, the most notable of which involved the prolonged embezzlement of close to $900,000 by employee Sherri Pearl (who many believed was in cahoots with Executive Director Judy Johnson) , as well as the scandal involving Geoffrey Brown (former CPUC Commissioner) and Judy Johnson, as a result of which close to $30 million in  fines and settlements the CPUC imposed on utility companies was funneled to the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), an entity for which Judy Johnson secretly served as its president.  From there, CCPF funneled most of the money to ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles — Gwen Moore’s territory — and to an entity associated with Michael Shames in San Diego which is presently under grand jury investigation.

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.  Suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that West was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL, while serving as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee and concurrently working for Morrison & Foerster — the law-firm which created CaliforniaALL

Per the sources, and in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL.

In particular, sources have referenced as examples of suspicious circumstances the false and misleading claim by CaliforniaALL that it was the force behind the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine known as SAL UCI.  (This claim has been refuted by The Leslie Brodie Report.  Please see “The Make Believe Launching of SAL,” HERE).

Moreover, the source alluded to the fact that CaliforniaALL sought around 16,000 of deduction in its tax-return for “occupancy,” where in fact CaliforniaALL was housed pro-bono at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper.

 

KEKER & VAN NEST


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

According to the sources, the recent sudden departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (aka Chris Young) from San Francisco based Keker & Van Nest (formerly of Morrison & Foerster)  is viewed as an attempt by John Keker and Jon Streeter (also a fund-raiser for Barack Obama)  to “hide” Young, as well as and further attempt to conceal evidence in the mystery surrounding a sub rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to the now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, and subsequent related events.

 


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster,  Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm

 

In 2008, KVN’s Chris Young was employed (as his confederate Tony West) at San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster , please see below:
Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 


Interestingly, Keker & Van Nest’s recently saw fit to remove the name of Chris Young from its web-site, please see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

Nevertheless,  State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still an employee of KVN, please see below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

 

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

 

Jon Streeter

Sources close to the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong inquiry into Jon Streeter and Keker & Van Nest is rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

More specifically, TLR has learned that special consideration is afforded to the examination of the relationship between Jon Streeter and the campaign for Barack Obama around 2007-2008, as well as subsequent actions (and/or lack thereof)  taken by Keker & Van Nest and Jon Streeter.

Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest -- Cal Bar Journal Article Re Fund Raising for Obama

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

 

 



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

 

 

CaliforniaALL


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

2008 Scott Wylie

 

(L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher — a FOB (friend of Bill Clinton) who served as Clinton’s campaign manager in Northern-California.

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

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

 

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $780,000.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

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

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

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

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

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

 

 

 

 

Members of CaliforniaALL board of directors and advisory council, see below:

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

Giuliani Partners’s Rudy Giuliani Hereby Asked to Comment On Prima Facie Showing Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, Kamala Harris and Jim Brosnahan Part of Scheme to Embezzle Funds From California Bar Foundation, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL, to Barack Obama’s Campaig

As matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

 

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

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.    Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson, where Bleich serves as partner.


 

The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative John Keker,  former prosecutor of Oliver North.

The State Bar of California has been involved in numerous financial scandals, the most notable of which involved the prolonged embezzlement of close to $900,000 by employee Sherri Pearl (who many believed was in cahoots with Executive Director Judy Johnson) , as well as the scandal involving Geoffrey Brown (former CPUC Commissioner) and Judy Johnson, as a result of which close to $30 million in  fines and settlements the CPUC imposed on utility companies was funneled to the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), an entity for which Judy Johnson secretly served as its president.  From there, CCPF funneled most of the money to ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles — Gwen Moore’s territory — and to an entity associated with Michael Shames in San Diego which is presently under grand jury investigation.

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.  Suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that West was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL, while serving as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee and concurrently working for Morrison & Foerster — the law-firm which created CaliforniaALL

Per the sources, and in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL.

In particular, sources have referenced as examples of suspicious circumstances the false and misleading claim by CaliforniaALL that it was the force behind the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine known as SAL UCI.  (This claim has been refuted by The Leslie Brodie Report.  Please see “The Make Believe Launching of SAL,” HERE).

Moreover, the source alluded to the fact that CaliforniaALL sought around 16,000 of deduction in its tax-return for “occupancy,” where in fact CaliforniaALL was housed pro-bono at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper.

 

KEKER & VAN NEST


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

According to the sources, the recent sudden departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (aka Chris Young) from San Francisco based Keker & Van Nest (formerly of Morrison & Foerster)  is viewed as an attempt by John Keker and Jon Streeter (also a fund-raiser for Barack Obama)  to “hide” Young, as well as and further attempt to conceal evidence in the mystery surrounding a sub rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to the now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, and subsequent related events.

 


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster,  Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm

 

In 2008, KVN’s Chris Young was employed (as his confederate Tony West) at San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster , please see below:
Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 


Interestingly, Keker & Van Nest’s recently saw fit to remove the name of Chris Young from its web-site, please see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

Nevertheless,  State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still an employee of KVN, please see below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

 

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

 

Jon Streeter

Sources close to the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong inquiry into Jon Streeter and Keker & Van Nest is rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

More specifically, TLR has learned that special consideration is afforded to the examination of the relationship between Jon Streeter and the campaign for Barack Obama around 2007-2008, as well as subsequent actions (and/or lack thereof)  taken by Keker & Van Nest and Jon Streeter.

Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest -- Cal Bar Journal Article Re Fund Raising for Obama

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

 

 



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

 

 

CaliforniaALL


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

2008 Scott Wylie

 

(L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher — a FOB (friend of Bill Clinton) who served as Clinton’s campaign manager in Northern-California.

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

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

 

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $780,000.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

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

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

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

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

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

 

 

 

 

Members of CaliforniaALL board of directors and advisory council, see below:

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

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Bell McAndrews & Hiltachk’s Charles Bell — General Counsel to the California Republican Party — Hereby Asked to Comment On Prima Facie Showing Jeffrey Bleich, D. Anthony West, Kamala Harris, Jim Brosnahan Embezzled Funds to Benefit Obama’s Campaign

As matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

 

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

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.    Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson, where Bleich serves as partner.


 

The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative John Keker,  former prosecutor of Oliver North.

The State Bar of California has been involved in numerous financial scandals, the most notable of which involved the prolonged embezzlement of close to $900,000 by employee Sherri Pearl (who many believed was in cahoots with Executive Director Judy Johnson) , as well as the scandal involving Geoffrey Brown (former CPUC Commissioner) and Judy Johnson, as a result of which close to $30 million in  fines and settlements the CPUC imposed on utility companies was funneled to the California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), an entity for which Judy Johnson secretly served as its president.  From there, CCPF funneled most of the money to ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles — Gwen Moore’s territory — and to an entity associated with Michael Shames in San Diego which is presently under grand jury investigation.

Tony West
Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris — is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.  Suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that West was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL, while serving as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee and concurrently working for Morrison & Foerster — the law-firm which created CaliforniaALL

Per the sources, and in addition to the above, other suspicious and unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL have caused some to speculate about the possibility that the quintet of Brosnahan/West/Young/Carnegie/Bleich was somehow involved in improperly transferring money from Cal Bar Foundation to Barack Obama’s coffers, via CaliforniaALL.

In particular, sources have referenced as examples of suspicious circumstances the false and misleading claim by CaliforniaALL that it was the force behind the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine known as SAL UCI.  (This claim has been refuted by The Leslie Brodie Report.  Please see “The Make Believe Launching of SAL,” HERE).

Moreover, the source alluded to the fact that CaliforniaALL sought around 16,000 of deduction in its tax-return for “occupancy,” where in fact CaliforniaALL was housed pro-bono at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper.

 

KEKER & VAN NEST


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

According to the sources, the recent sudden departure of associate Christopher J.  Young (aka Chris Young) from San Francisco based Keker & Van Nest (formerly of Morrison & Foerster)  is viewed as an attempt by John Keker and Jon Streeter (also a fund-raiser for Barack Obama)  to “hide” Young, as well as and further attempt to conceal evidence in the mystery surrounding a sub rosa “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to the now defunct non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, and subsequent related events.

 


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster,  Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm

 

In 2008, KVN’s Chris Young was employed (as his confederate Tony West) at San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster , please see below:
Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

 


Interestingly, Keker & Van Nest’s recently saw fit to remove the name of Chris Young from its web-site, please see below:

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

Nevertheless,  State Bar of California membership record provides that Chris Young is still an employee of KVN, please see below:

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

 

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

 

Jon Streeter

Sources close to the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong inquiry into Jon Streeter and Keker & Van Nest is rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

More specifically, TLR has learned that special consideration is afforded to the examination of the relationship between Jon Streeter and the campaign for Barack Obama around 2007-2008, as well as subsequent actions (and/or lack thereof)  taken by Keker & Van Nest and Jon Streeter.

Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest -- Cal Bar Journal Article Re Fund Raising for Obama

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

 

 



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

 

 

CaliforniaALL


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

2008 Scott Wylie

 

(L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher — a FOB (friend of Bill Clinton) who served as Clinton’s campaign manager in Northern-California.

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

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

 

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $780,000.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

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

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

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

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

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

 

 

 

 

Members of CaliforniaALL board of directors and advisory council, see below:

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

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