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Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Lea Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, and David Reed Hereby Given Opportunity to Comment on Complaint Submitted to IRS by Yolo County-based Rabbi

Consistent with our commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story while affording those involved the opportunity to comment , The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asked Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Lea Rosenberg,  David Rosenberg, and David Reed to comment on complaint Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”) had submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

David RosenbergLea Rosenberg aka Lea Ellen Pepper
Davis Odd Fellows Operatives: Lea Rossenberg, Judge Dave Rosenberg, Judge Dave Reed, and Volunteer —  Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral (Image: courtesy photos)

Specifically, according to the complaint, on April 4 , 2013, the Davis Odd Fellows, Soroptimist International of Davis, and Davis Rebekah Lodge were duly served with a request for production of the three latest IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well as Form 1023.

Said requests were emailed to Mrs. Lea Rosenberg (wife of David Rosenberg aka Dave Rosenberg), and included a proviso by which the undersigned offered to pay for reasonable costs for any copying and mailing costs incurred in relation to this request.

To date, no responses have been received to this request to produce the tax returns, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

As such, reluctantly, the undersigned made this referral based on grave concerns dealing with suspicious circumstances surrounding Davis Odd Fellows’ board of directors (see http://davislodge.org/odd-fellows-hall-board/ ), President – Dave Rosenberg ,Vice President – Dave Reed, Treasurer – Barb Geisler, Secretary – Lea Rosenberg, as well as other non-profit entities controlled by Lea and David Rosenberg to wit, Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Sunrise Rotary Club , and the newly form non-profit entity Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc./Orphan Scholarship Fund.

More specifically, the concern relates to the fact that in recent years almost all the non profits entities controlled by Lea and Dave Rosenberg began to almost exclusively raise funds for “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County. For example, Davis Odd Fellows held an event to benefit foster youth known as ” Breakfast with Santa”. Soroptimist International of Davis held an event to benefit foster youth known as “Texas Hold ‘Em”. Davis Rebekah Lodge held an event to benefit foster youth known as “Crab Feed.”

As mentioned above, In addition to “Breakfast with Santa”, Davis Odd Fellows recently launched an ad hoc non-profit to benefit foster youth known as Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc./Orphan Scholarship Fund.

While certainly the cause of supporting orphans and foster youth is worthy of praise, grave concerns exist that under the auspices of helping foster youth, money is instead actually laundered and being used for improper purposes, including , but not limited, to bribing or attempting to gain the favor of the ex-foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury (Barbara Sommer) who, coincidentally  also heads a non-profit entity designated to house “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” known as Progress Ranch.

Additional facts that raise suspicions are that both Dave Rosenberg and Dave Reed are judges of Yolo County Superior Court; Dave Rosenberg is a close confederate of an attorney (Howard Dickstein) who represents an Indian Casino located in Yolo County (Cache Creek Casino); Cache Creek Casino also recently developed an unexplained desire to benefit “foster youth” through a huge donation to benefit “foster youth”; and that in recent years Yolo County’s Grand Jury (headed by Barbara Sommer of Progress Ranch) was investigating Cache Creek Casino.

Sources/ See More @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/05/26/irs-to-investigate-soroptimist-international-of-davis-davis-rebekah-lodge-and-davis-odd-fellowspursuant-to-complaint-submitted-by-yolo-county-bas-16058157/

AND @:

http://davis.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/irs-asked-to-investigate-davis-odd-fellows-soroptimist-international-of-davis-and-davis-rebekah-lodge

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The Leslie Brodie Report Mulls Liaising with Champion of Justice Dr Joe Zernik for Purpose of Understating Reason Large Number of Jews Stand Accused of Greed, Financial Shenanigans and Myriad Schemes [ TLR Note: To date, TLR managed to document close to 80 California Jews (mostly member of JNC Cabal) who are either presently under scrutiny or those previously accused of misconduct 2. Conventional wisdom provides the following reasons a) Bay Area based-Orthodox Rabbi (not YR) avers lack of anti-Semitism in California, unaware population/ population shift/ disappearances of White middle-class/ support of large corporation, and relative anonymity of modern society allow some Jews to operate with impunity. Shockingly, said Rabbi believes “little” anti-Semitism is a “good thing” to keep Jews on their toes. b) source of problem — because of anti-Semitism/ Pogroms/ Holocaust/ Oppression, some Jews — mostly Eastern-European — developed various mechanism (greed, trickery, sense of humor, political ideas, shyster personality, penchant for “air professions” ) in order to survive — theory of Benjamin Disraeli]

Previously, in response to a request by The Leslie Brodie Report (“TLR”), Dr. Joseph Zernik provided a short review of the history of the corruption in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, highlighting the Iran-Contra Scandal, the Rampart Scandal, and corruption within U.S. District Court in Los Angeles as key causes of the corruption.

See interview @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/08/29/fascinating-historical-overview-of-widespread-fraud-in-the-los-angeles-court-system-by-dr-joseph-zernik-11746814/

Now, TLR mulls asking Dr. Zernik to opine on the reason many of the key players in said corruption happened to be members of the Jewish faith. For example:

Sandor Samuels of Bet Tzedek
Sandor “Sandy” Samuels —  President & CEO of Bet Tzedek of Los Angeles.  Former senior executive and chief legal officer at Countrywide Financial Corporation.  A RICO suit alleges that Samuels 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.

Alex Kozinski
Judge Alex Kozinski — trail of grave misconduct include a) supporter of “The Malek Manual” – whereas concerned citizens who follow the plight of American whistleblowers in exposing fraud, corruption, incompetence, waste and abuse usually find themselves on the receiving end of wanton investigations, malicious prosecutions and warrantless surveillance. b) appointment of Rory Little as special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi despite clear conflict of interest. c) obstruction of justice in refusing to process complaint against Judge Morrison England  d) “judge shopping” in matters relating to whistleblower Dan Dydzak.

John Goldman
John Goldman —  lives in Atherton with his wife, Marcia . All Former — Chairman of Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc. ; Chief Executive Officer of Richard N. Goldman & Co., an insurance brokerage firm; president of Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco ). Penchant for supporting African-American political candidates. Handler of Democratic Party’s legal gladiator John Keker; disquieting ties to a) degenerate Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest/ Three-Card-Monte/ CaliforniaALL financial scheme b) alleged bribee Justice Kay Werdegar who was allegedly bribed vis-a-vis large donations to David Werdegar’s Institute of Aging aka “Goldman Institute of Aging” – originally named after John’s late father, Richard.  c) Cary Zellerbach of CaliforniaALL  scheme d)  UC Berkeley / SF Jewish Federation — Goldman Family practically controls both institutions. e) Freada Kapor Klein / Gibor Basri of CaliforniaALL scheme / UC Berkeley Foundation. f) Dianne Feinstein and husband – UC Regent Richard Blum.   Some members of San Francisco’s Russian- Jewish community aver the Goldmans indirectly responsible for events surrounding Pogrom @ SF Synagogue and related “60 Days Suspension Scandal” — The Leslie Brodie Report’s Raison d’être.


Jack Citrin of UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) where Eric George serves as director.  Citrin under intense scrutiny for alleged money laundering from California Supreme Court Historical Society (where CaliforniaALL’s Ophelia Basgal of PG&E served as Treasurer) to UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) for the purpose of bribing Ex-Justice Joseph Grodin in re litigation involving PG&E. Alleged accomplices: Ronald George, Eric George, Joseph Grodin, Richard Blum, Jerry Falk, Douglas Winthrop, Amy Margolin, Kay Werdegar. For complete story, please see  HERE

Steven Hirsch and Jeffrey Chanin  of Keker & Van Nest
Steven Hirsch and Jeffrey Chanin of Keker & Van Nest.  Co-Conspirators Hirsch and Chanin part of Three-Card-Monte fraudulent scheme (which included among others: Jon Streeter, Chris Young, Jeannine English, Howard Dickstein)  to delete profile of associate CaliforniaALL’s Chris Young from website of Keker & Van Nest prior to agreeing to press false criminal charges against YR in re CaliforniaALL/ Sara Granda ethics complaint. Disquieting ties to John Goldman, JNC Cabal, Cary Zellerbach, and client Howard Dickstein.

Henry Weinstein  of UC Irvine/ Voice of OC
Henry Weinstein of UC Irvine School of Law / Voice of OC.  Mr. Weisntein is the former legal affairs reporter for the L.A. Times.  Part of “Phase 1” of CaliforniaALL financial scheme alongside UC Irvine Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Voice of OC, Cal Bar executive director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, and former Voice of OC directors Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan (operator of Tony West and Chris Young,; attorney and brain behind CaliforniaALL scheme, mastermind behind California Democratic Party.) Additionally, Weisntein part of conspiracy between Voice of OC, UC Irvine Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Voice of OC, Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, former Voice of OC directors James Brosnahan and Thomas Girardi and others to press false criminal charges against Yolo County-based Rabbi who exposed CaliforniaALL financial scheme for purposes of intimidation and the execution of search warrant whereas all CaliforniaALL materials were confiscated by eight armed Yolo DA investigators. For more about Henry Weinstein , please see HERE

Ron Burkle of Yucaipa Companies
Ron Burkle of Yucaipa Companies. Disquieting ties to his attorneys Thomas Girardi and Ron Olson.  Allegedly hosted Ronald George on “Air Fuck One.” Controller of  Antonio Villaraigosa — alleged father of Lucy Armendariz’s daughter J.  Burkle, allegedly,  behind disbarment of late Phil Kay.

Cynthia Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton
David and Cynthia Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton. Despite the fact that David Pasternak has been sued countless times (including twice for being an alleged “Racketeer”), The Leslie Brodie Report (“TLR”) urges the readers to exercise extreme caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by Cynthia and David Pasternak. In addition, to date, TLR hasn’t been made privy to any real evidence whatsoever which would tend to show Pasternaks engaged in any acts of misconduct. Nevertheless, Mr. Pasternak’s association with Bet Tzedek, as well as the appearance that he is part of the Girardi/George Syndicate is a source of concern.  In connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities,  a suit maintained 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 asserted 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.”

Robert Chick of Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company
Laura and Robert Chick of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company. Confirmed shyster Laura Chick has a “Jeannine English” problem, to wit, 1. Part of CaliforniaALL financial scheme (Chick only part of Obama for America while member of California Bar Board of Governors (“BOG”)) 2. Member of BOG to primarily serve financial interest of herself, her husband, and that of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company – NOT to “protect the public” — i.e. ensure clients of California Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company NOT disciplined by the State Bar of California 3. Jeannine English disquieting ties to Gwen Moore similar to Chick’s disquieting ties to Karen Bass. | Ongoing civil inquiry seeks to implicate Chick in matters relating to misuse of $85 billion of Federal Recovery Act funding.


Ronald and Eric George. Disquieting ties to Tom Girardi, Girardi Syndicate, Howard Rice, Bet Tzedek, Alen Rothenberg, 1st. Century Bank. Eric George part of Mel Gibson extortion scheme.Charachteristics of MO: rely heavily on misuse of Asians, misuse of Tom Layton, vindictive, radioactive, my way or the highway. High on Ronald Goerge’s “Hit List” are: Judge David Lampe, Judge Maryanne Gillard, Yolo County-based Rabbi, Michael Paul, Leslie Brodie, Judicial Council Watcher, Peter Dion-Kindem and Dan Dydzak. Separately, when examining the circumstances surrounding the California Supreme Court Historical Society (“CSCHS”) and discovering the presence of PG&E; PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL, who served as the “Treasurer” of CSCHS; Amy Margolin, and private judge Joseph Grodin, whose legal opinion Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown relied upon in deciding to dismiss the case against PG&E, it is difficult not to question whether any misconduct has taken place in this setting given the prior history between Howard Rice and PG&E. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent discovery that CSCHS — while headed by the embattled Ronald George — seeks financial donations, some of which it later forwarded to an entity known as the Institute of Governmental Studies (“IGS”), where Eric George (son of Ronald George) serves as a director.  Previously, a RICO suit alleged that Ronald George 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 alleged, 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, Tom 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.


Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich, Henry Weissmann, Brad Phillips: All three are part of California Bar/CPUC/Utility money connection, to wit, CaliforniaALL, CCPF.  Similar to Ronald George/Bet Tzedek, favorite MO (including that of Ron Olson) is to hide behind/misuse racial minorities (i.e. Blacks, Asians)

John Roos of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Mark Parnes
John Roos and Mark Parnes of Wilson Sonsini.  Both Roos and Parnes part of CaliforniaALL financial scheme and with close ties to OBAMA FOR AMERICA.  Relatively speaking, both are typical of Sonsini Syndicate’s MO, to wit, non-radioactive, attitude of live and let live, resourceful, and highly effective operatives. Similar to Ron Olson (and unlike Dave Rosenberg) favorite MO – stealth, stay out of limelight.


David, Justice Kay and Matt Werdegar. RICO defendant David Werdegar 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 RICO action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position following reports on TLR of alleged improprieties involving himself, his wife, and his son Matt Werdegar – a partner at the litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest, headed by controversial litigator John Keker. Matt also part of Three-Card-Monte conspiracy by Keker & Van Nest to remove profile of degenerate associate Chris Young (of CaliforniaALL, to wit, Obama for America, Mark Friedman-Alison Turner-Kevin Johnson’s Mayoral Campaign, USDOJ’s Tony West, White-House Special Counsel Jeff Bleich) from firm’s web site. (images and narrative: courtesy)

Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property
Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property. In the context of CaliforniaALL fraudulent financial scheme, extremely disquieting ties to Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, CPA Alison Turner, UC Davis, Gilles Attia, Howard Dickstein and spouse Jeannine English. Separately, Friedman a named defendant (in suit against Howard Dickstein, Arlen Opper) in connection with alleged scheme to defraud Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation / Cache Creek Casino. Similar to Opper and Dickstein, Friedman’s public relation MO — projects image of one who “admires” the Arts. Subsequent to events surrounding Chris Young – Three-Card-Monte, interest in Friedman has grown exponentially.


Yolo County Superior Court Judge David and Lea Rosenberg.  Rosenbergs remain under intense scrutiny in connection with: a) circumstances surrounding familiar faces and a familiar casino in the context of a relatively unknown Davis-based non-profit entity, Progress Ranch headed by Barbara Sommer b)  four or five non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg (Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc., and possibly Davis Sunrise Rotary Club) devoted unusual and, indeed, at times exclusive attention to financially benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County. c) alleged “fixing” of case of Ryan Clifford v. UC Davis Jewish Fraternity  d) matter of Clint Parish ; threat against Clint Parish ; use of Robo-Call e) disquieting ties to Vic Bucher, Judge Dan Maguire, Judge Dave Reed, Judicial Council’s Tani Cantil and Mark Robinson of UCI Foundation/ CaliforniaALL fraudulent financial scheme.

Loren Kieve of Kieve Law Offices
Loren Kieve of Kieve Law Offices. Kieve, 65, with extremely disquieting ties to James Brosnahan of MoFo and shady “Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area.” A co-conspirator (alongside Gwen Moore, Raj Chatterjee, and others) in unlawful agreement to press false criminal charges  and otherwise retaliate against  Yolo County-based YR in re State Bar of California ethics complaint.

For the complete list, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/04/29/compilation-of-california-jews-accused-of-greed-and-or-financial-machinations-and-or-misc-acts-of-misconduct-amid-concerns-ninth-circuit-animal-f-15734393/

More on Prima Facie Evidence of Financial Fundraising Machinations Involving Lea and Dave Rosenberg [ TLR Notes: 1- Notice Davis Odd Fellows 2012 “Breakfast with Santa” — as TLR/ YR established, funds are forwarded to support “Foster Youth / Emancipated Foster Youth” — in other words probably money to Barbara Sommer’s Progress Ranch 2- IMPORTANT — Notice names of Assistant Distract Attorney Mike Cabral and spouse. Reminder, Cabral attorney behind sham search warrant / seizure of all CaliforniaALL material from home YR pursuant to a criminal conspiracy, by among others, California Bar operatives: Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter (attorney for Howard Dickstein ; KVN’s Chris Young of CaliforniaALL – including Three-Card-Monte trick) , Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, Southern California Edison’s Richard Tom, Jeannine English — spouse of Howard Dickstein, MTO’s Mary Ann Todd, Gwen Moore, Doug Winthrop, Alec Chang,Holly Fujie, etc to press false criminal charges against YR for purpose of suppressing truth in re CaliforniaALL, CCPF, Utility Companies $ 2 Asians/Blacks 4 Injustices, In Re Girardi, Fogel v. Farmers Collusion. Per YR, during 3-4 hours search/seizure by armed investigators of Yolo DA, panicky Mike Cabral constantly on phone with justifiably confused investigators for further instructions, asking why search/seizure takes long time.]

Santa and his Elves get ready for the hundreds of people coming to breakfast at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.

Breakfast With Santa Delivers Lots Of Fun

Today the Davis Odd Fellows completed our seventh annual Breakfast with Santa in downtown Davis. It was a great success. We heard nothing but compliments and saw nothing but smiles from the 350 children and families who enjoyed the morning. Folks in Davis, CA really look forward to Breakfast with Santa – tickets all sell out in two weeks or less.

We have so many people to thank, but especially the world’s best Santa, our own Doug Hatton. Thank you also to his wife and Santa Manager Margee, and the 8 young ladies who were the elves. The kitchen and cooking crew headed by John Geisler and Barb Geisler were just great – hard-working from 6 a.m. and constantly cranking out the pancakes, sausages and other goodies. Thank you to our excellent photographer, Ernesto Sandoval, and Dee Clark from Woodstock’s who served her famous Cinna-Bread. We had some 50 volunteers from our Lodges who worked in shifts from 7 this morning till about 1 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you to Sharla Cheney who, once again, was our volunteer coordinator, and Dave Rosenberg, once again our volunteer wrangler and PR guy. Everyone pitched in filling goodie bags, decorating the tables, serving, cleaning, and doing all the tasks that need to be done to pull off this event. This year we tried something different and had three volunteer shifts, rather than two – thus involving even more members of our Lodges. We also had a special clean-up crew of volunteers to handle the kitchen. It takes MANY hands to put on this big show. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the volunteers:

Doug Hatton
Dave Reed
Sheryl Cambron
Jonathan Raven
Vita Salmieri
Lewis Kimble
David Hafter
Gina Daleiden
Arun Sen
Debbie Friend
Kathy White
Kati Cole-Leathers
Hannah Cole-Leathers
Marc Langlais
JuDee Archuleta
Tim Ainsworth
Joyce Trujillo
Shyamli Sah
Bill Grabert
Matt DeMoura
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Mike Cabral
Margie Cabral
Duff Devine
Irene Fecht
Penny Smith
Jean-Paul Montreuil
John Geisler
Peter Pascoe
Brodie Hamilton
Sharon Schauer
Joyce Puntillo
Mark Spencer
Dennis Corcoran
Vickie Kretsinger
David Cougevan
Tim Carroll
Ann Carroll
Ernesto Sandoval
Dee Clark
Dave Rosenberg
Sharla Cheney
Barb Geisler
Lea Rosenberg

And, once again, we received applications from folks who attended Breakfast with Santa, and now want to join the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges. They want to join because they see the great community spirit of our Lodges and members.

We also appreciate the merchants, like the Davis Coop, Woodstock’s Pizza, Mezzeta Foods and Puroast Coffee, who donated all the food supplies. And thank you to the many donors who contributed over $3,000 to help our efforts – donors like Edward Jones Inc. and David Cougevan, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Wochok Group, the Law Offices of Raquel Silva, the Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Supervisor Don Saylor, Retired Supervisor Helen Thomson, Davis Ace Hardware, Davis Waste Removal, First Northern Bank, Tandem Properties, Hanlees Nissan of Davis, and others. We also thank Avid Reader and Common Grounds who have sold tickets for us for many years.

The proceeds from Breakfast with Santa are used to benefit foster children in our community, and young adults who have recently left the foster system.

We look forward to the eighth annual Breakfast with Santa in 2013. (Once we rest up.)

F – L – T

Lea Rosenberg and Barb Geisler, Co-Chairs
Breakfast with Santa Committee

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 Cal Bar Actors
Partial list of Co-Conspirators/ Executives and Directors of State Bar of California and/or California Bar Foundation:  Joseph Dunn AKA Joe Dunn (of Voice of OC, UC Irvine Foundation, Judicial Council), Jon Streeter (of Keker & Van Nest ; connections to Obama for America, Keker & Van Nest’s associate Chris Young – major figure in CaliforniaALL scheme), Somnath Raj Chatterjee (of Morrison & Foerster), Gretchen Nelson (of Kreindler & Kreindler), Alec Chang (of Skadden Arps), Douglas Winthrop (of Arnold & Porter — formerly of Howard Rice), David Grove (of Vaquero Capital; connections to Mark Parnes and John Roos of WSGR; husband of Joilene Wood Grove of Cal Bar Foundation / WSGR) Holly Fujie (of Buchalter Nemer), Gwen Moore (of GeM Communication, connections to Eric Moore, CCPF, CPUC), Gay-Godfather Dennis Mangers (former aide to Darrell Steinberg  of CaliforniaALL), Jeannine English (wife of Howard Dickstein; connections to CPUC, AARP, Donna Lucas, Casinos) George Davis (of David Broadband), Richard Tom (of Southern California Edison ; Edison International ; proxy of Munger Tolles/ Ron Olson), Mary Ann Todd (of Munger Tolles — wrongdoer in re CaliforniaALL, CCPF; represents two utilities implicated in CaliforniaALL financial scheme-  Southern California Edison and Verizon )
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As background to the above, and as was recently published: In the midst of a growing controversy over Lea and David Rosenberg, the former foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury has been identified as a potential wrongdoer in a civil inquiry into the peculiar circumstances surrounding familiar faces and a familiar casino in the context of a relatively unknown Davis-based non-profit entity, Progress Ranch
.Barbara Sommer
Barbara Sommer (image: courtesy)
Barbara Sommer (who currently serves as the president of Progress Ranch; President of California Grand Jurors’ Association – Yolo County Chapter) is being looked into for indications of whether she may have been the recipient of questionable gifts during a time period when she served concurrently as Treasurer of Progress Ranch and Foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury in order to influence the outcome of various legal proceedings, and especially a Grand Jury investigation of Cache Creek Casino located in Yolo County.The rapidly expanding multi-prong civil inquiry, conducted by TLR’s confederate — Yolo County’s YR –also views Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Chairman Marshall McKay, and attorney Howard Dickstein as parties who may potentially have a played a role in the scheme, although this investigation is continuing.A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintains that evidence shows that for a period of several years, four or five non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg (Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc., and possibly Davis Sunrise Rotary Club) devoted unusual and, indeed, at times exclusive attention to financially benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County.For example, Lea and David Rosenberg (at times, with the assistance of Judge David Reed and CPA Victor Bucher) raised funds to support foster youth by mobilizing Davis Odd Fellows (“Breakfast with Santa”), Soroptimist International of Davis (“Texas Hold ‘Em” ), Davis Rebekah Lodge (“Crab Feed”), and Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. (“Orphan Scholarship Fund”).

Also being looked into are Gretchen Peralta and Allison and Robert Woolley. Both Peralta and Robert Wooley are directors of Progress Ranch. Allison Wooley sold tickets to “Texas Hold’ Em”.

Progress Ranch is a non-profit public benefit, Section 510(c)(3) agency providing residential treatment services for troubled children. It is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Fees for the children are received from the Department of Social Services of the county where the child’s family resides.

Judicial Council Watcher Reader Dubbed “Lando” Oddly Avers Yolo County Superior Court Judge/ Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg “Should Not Be The Subject of Attacks on His Honesty and Character” on Judicial Council Watcher Website

Amid growing controversy over Lea and David Rosenberg, and following on the heels of an article published by Judicial Council Watcher dealing with alleged improprieties by Judge David Rosenberg in the matter of  Ryan Clifford v. UC Davis Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity, a reader and frequent commentator of Judicial Council Watcher is now of the opinion that the “honesty and character” of Judge David Rosenberg should not be the subject of attacks on this website.(Judicial Council Watcher’s website) .

Specifically, “Lando” wrote: “JCW we need to please be fair on this blog. I respectfully disagree with some of Judge Rosenberg’s positions in support of the AOC and he may tend to be too long winded at times but the post about him above isn’t right. While we disagree on policy matters he should not be the subject of attacks on his honesty and character on this website. We need to focus on the issue at hand, the reformation of the Judicial Council and reduction of the AOC budget. ”

Lando’s comments comes in the midst of a growing controversy over the former foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury who has been identified as a potential wrongdoer in a civil inquiry into the peculiar circumstances surrounding familiar faces and a familiar casino in the context of a relatively unknown Davis-based non-profit entity, Progress Ranch.

Barbara Sommer
Barbara Sommer (image: courtesy)

Barbara Sommer (who currently serves as the president of Progress Ranch; President of California Grand Jurors’ Association – Yolo County Chapter) is being looked into for indications of whether she may have been the recipient of questionable gifts during a time period when she served concurrently as Treasurer of Progress Ranch and Foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury in order to influence the outcome of various legal proceedings, and especially a Grand Jury investigation of Cache Creek Casino located in Yolo County.

The rapidly expanding multi-prong civil inquiry, conducted by TLR’s confederate — Yolo County’s YR –also views Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Chairman Marshall McKay, and attorney Howard Dickstein as parties who may potentially have a played a role in the scheme, although this investigation is continuing.

A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintains that evidence shows that for a period of several years, four or five non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg (Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc., and possibly Davis Sunrise Rotary Club) devoted unusual and, indeed, at times exclusive attention to financially benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County.

For example, Lea and David Rosenberg (at times, with the assistance of Judge David Reed and CPA Victor Bucher) raised funds to support foster youth by mobilizing Davis Odd Fellows (“Breakfast with Santa”), Soroptimist International of Davis (“Texas Hold ‘Em” ), Davis Rebekah Lodge (“Crab Feed”), and Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. (“Orphan Scholarship Fund”).

Also being looked into are Gretchen Peralta and Allison and Robert Woolley. Both Peralta and Robert Wooley are directors of Progress Ranch. Allison Wooley sold tickets to “Texas Hold’ Em”.

Progress Ranch is a non-profit public benefit, Section 510(c)(3) agency providing residential treatment services for troubled children. It is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Fees for the children are received from the Department of Social Services of the county where the child’s family resides.

Barbara Sommer — Fascinated by Fungi [ TLR Notes: 1. Barbara Sommer presently under intense scrutiny in re machinations involving Lea and David Rosenberg, Progress Ranch, Cache Creek Casino, Yolo County Grand Jury, etc. 2. Part of studying/ profiling Sommer — hard to miss countless articles re fascination of mushrooms. Also, hard to miss similarities to a couple previously scrutinized by TLR – Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor-Klein (whereas TLR/YR established beyond doubt Freada’s involvement with CaliforniaALL financial scheme, and related acts of fraud) i.e. both Sommers Psychology profs at UC Davis, similar hobbies, etc. 3. Like Freada, Barbara Sommer comes across as outwardly independent, defiant, controlling, different, “knows best”, willing to take risks under shield of PhD. 4. Fascination with mushroom indicative of a) enjoys danger/risks b) Identification with mushroom — a product/fruit of decay which does not rely on photosynthesis indicative Sommer perceives herself as different. Hence, while serving as Foreman of Yolo County Grand Jury she may have felt entitled, different, perhaps even superior to average resident of Yolo County]

Mushroom Foraging Class

Ever wonder what wild mushrooms would be tasty sautéed with garlic? Join veteran mushroom hunters Bob and Barbara Sommer of the Sacramento Mushroomers for some spring mushroom hunting on the American River Parkway.  Learn how to identify edible mushrooms growing right here in Sacramento.

Barbara Sommer is a retired Lecturer in Psychology from UC Davis. Her love of mushrooms goes back to a first sighting in the mid-1970s. She had spent the first thirty years of her life never seeing a mushroom in the wild, and now, suddenly, they were everywhere! She is the Secretary/Treasurer of Sacramento Area Mushroomers (SAM), a member of the San Francisco Mycological Society (MSSF), and the North American Mycological Association (NAMA).

Hobbyist mushroomer for almost 40 years, Bob Sommer is the author of the column “Easy Edibles” for Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, plus mushroom articles in other local and national periodicals. He’s also the co-author of Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America (UC Press, 2012). Bob is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of California, Davis where he taught the class Environmental Awareness. He chaired four departments (Psychology, Environmental Design, Rhetoric & Communication, and Art), although not all at the same time.

Source @:

http://www.sacramento365.com/event/detail/441775122/Mushroom_Foraging_Class

More Background Information on Progress Ranch in Davis, California [ TLR Note: 1)Notice THE OAK HOUSE and THE GROVE HOUSE, a 9-bed and 6-bed homes . Presently, OAK HOUSE probably not part of Progress Ranch 2) IMPORTANT — In connection with controversy over extensive fundraising by Lea and Judge David Rosenberg — reference to “Placed by judicial system: Rarely” nevertheless gives rise to examine potential dreaded scenario known as KFC – Kids for Cash ]

Progress Ranch Inc.

Program type: Inpatient – Residential Child Care Facility
Description: THE OAK HOUSE and THE GROVE HOUSE, a 9-bed and 6-bed homes, are located in well-established neighborhoods in Davis. Both homes offer troubled 6 to 12 year-old youngsters: Safely, security and understanding Professional child care and treatment Tutoring and educational advocacy Individual, group, and family counseling Psychological and psychiatric services Mainstreamed school and recreational activities Mentoring and tutoring
Program Info:
(530) 753-2566
Fax: (530) 753-0284
http://progressranch.org/brochure/index.htmAbout Program:
Staff to client ratio: 1:3
Staff credentials: MA
Licensed within state: Yes
Accredited school on site: NoCost per day: $150 – $250
Financial assistance available: No

Spiritual component: No
Christian programming: No
Family counseling available: Yes
Able to conduct physical restraint: Yes

Services:
capable of using physical restraint
ability to dispense medication
uses a token economy to reinforce social skills
tutoring is available
recreation program
family therapy

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1287
Davis, CA 95617-1287Physical Location:
1930 East 8th St., Ste. 300
Davis, CA 95616-2504Contact Person:
Russell Kusama
(530) 753-2566
Mobile: (530) 400-2093

Address:
P.O. Box 1287
Davis, CA 95617-1287

About Clients:
Gender: Male
Typical age: 12 and under
Number of clients at facility: 11 – 20
Average length of stay: 6 to 12 Months
Placed by judicial system: RarelyWilling participation required: Yes
Minimum acceptable motivation: Unaware of a need for change

Source @:

http://www.restoringfamily.com/index.php?page=program&id=204

More on Vigorous Financial Involvement of Davis, CA’s Lea and Dave Rosenberg In Re “Foster Youth” and/or “Emancipated Foster Youth in Yolo County” [ TLR Note: 1) Notice creation of whole new non-profit “Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc.” 2) Setting aside preliminary suspicion of money laundering through Progress Ranch by , among others, Lea and Dave Rosenberg / machinations in re Barbara Sommer — Treasurer of Progress Ranch / Ex-Foreperson of Yolo County Grand Jury — TLR’s readers must ask themselves whether appropriate for any judge to be heavily involved in fundraising, and especially for judge and spouse to commandeer 4 non-profits for same purpose i.e. fundraising for “foster youth.”]

Through a generous and continuing donation from the family of Triffle P. and Annie G. Ivancovich, we have established a scholarship fund in their names and memory to benefit orphans and young adults who grew up in the foster care system.  Triffle was a long-time, active California Odd Fellow and Annie was a long-time active California Rebekah.  They both understood and took to heart the admonition of Odd Fellowship to “educate the orphan.” In recognition of Triffle and Annie’s goal, their family members have worked with the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge to establish a California Corporation, recognized as a 501 (c) (3) charitable entity (Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc.).

Application forms and nomination forms for the 2013 Triffle P. and Annie G. Ivancovich Scholarships are below.  Deadline for submission of applications and nominations for the 2013-14 college/university year is March 1, 2013.  Eligibility is limited to orphans or persons who grew up in the foster care system.  Grade point average minimums are necessary.  Only persons nominated by an Odd Fellow or Rebekah in good standing are eligible.  Full details on eligibility and criteria are contained on the application and the nomination forms.  Decisions regarding who does or does not receive a scholarship are solely within the discretion of the Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. Board of Directors.

Fully completed application and nomination forms must be received by Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. on or before March 1, 2013, to be eligible for consideration.

Mailing address is:

Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc.
Attn: Dave Rosenberg
415 Second Street
Davis CA 95616.

Source @:

http://davislodge.org/orphan-scholarship-fund/

Record of Soroptimist International of Davis Texas Hold ‘Em Night [TLR Note: 1. notice name of Allison Woolley — ties to president of Progress Ranch Robert Woolley ? Progress Ranch’s Treasurer Barbara Sommer ? 2. As mentioned, Soroptimist International of Davis — one of four known non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg 3. Notice comment “Over the past few years, much of Soroptimist support has centered on the emancipated foster youth program.” ]

Odd Fellows Hall, 415 2nd St, Davis, CA | Get Directions »
$60.00

Soroptimist International of Davis is hold their annual
Texas Hold ’Em Night fundraiser, Saturday, March 23. The event is at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tournament play starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Serious poker players can play in the tournament for $60,
with prizes up to $500.

For those who are new to poker and want to learn to play in a fun and more relaxing way – there are “Greenhorn” tables. Greenhorn tickets are $40. All Greenhorn players will be entered into a drawing for one Southwest
Airline round trip ticket and the top 3 players will win fabulous prizes.

The price of admission includes hearty appetizers and
desserts prepared by Chef Jeff Oblinger of Inspiration Point Catering. To go along with our Western theme our Wild West Saloon will be open and Western wear
is encouraged. We’ll also have a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for 2 Southwest Airline round trip tickets.

Tickets are available online at SIDavis.org, Avid Reader
Active, 605 Second St., or contact Allison Woolley at 530-758-1796 or Allison@welcometodavis.com.

Over the past few years, much of Soroptimist support has
centered on the emancipated foster youth program. Funds raised will help pay college tuition, living expenses, clothing for job interviews, transportation, and
other items needed to support young adults’ transition from status as a foster child to becoming a productive adult member of the community.

Soroptimist International of Davis meets every Wednesday at noon for lunch at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. For more information about our club or the Texas Hold
‘Em Night email juelrog@gmail.com
or call 530-219-5444.

Source @:

http://davis.patch.com/events/soroptimist-texas-hold-em-night

Progress Ranch – Year 2011 IRS Form 990 [ TLR Notes: 1) Notice Barbara Sommer — “Treasurer”, Gretchen Peralta – Vice-President ; 2) Also notice during years (2008-2010) Barbara Sommer part of Yolo County Grand — a steady decline in revenues. See bottom of Page 3, SCHEDULE A, to wit: 2007 – $829, 767,; 2008 – $524, 450 ; 2009 -$ 384, 949 ; 2010 – $483,777 ; 2011 — $ 548,415. Reason for decline — perhaps due to budget reduction by State of California. Or, perhaps due to a more sinister reason. 3) Barbara Sommer knew or should have known as Foreperson of Yolo County Grand Jury her actions will be scrutinized — especially “Treasurer” position with local non-profit entity during time-period Grand Jury investigates Cache Creek Casino. ]

Record of UC Davis Internship & Career Center Urging Student to Volunteer/Intern at Progress Ranch [TLR Note: Reminder, Progress Ranch’s Barbara Sommer and husband Bob Sommer teach/taught Psychology at UC Davis. Were UC Davis students, especially those who major in Psychology, given class credit? Did volunteers/interns stayed overnight with young boys @ Progress Ranch ? ]

Address: 2725 Loyola Drive
City: Davis State: CA Zip: 95618

Contact Person: Russ Kusama
Contact’s Position: Executive Director
Phone: 5304002093
Email: progressranch@att.net
Hours: 8-5 PM

Descriptions: Since 1976, Progress Ranch has provided residential care and treatment to emotionally troubled boys from 7-12 years old. Community homes provide a safe, trusting environment for the boys to live and ameliorate their emotional problems through learning social skills; individual, schools, group, and family therapy; and mainstreaming into community activities.

Volunteers are needed to act as “special friends” and literacy tutors for the children (similar to the big brother/sister program) and should have a desire to work with abused and neglected youths as tutors, counselors, interns, and child care workers. Employment opportunities may also be available. Qualifications include good communication skills, mature and reliable adult modeling, and a sincere desire to help troubled boys.

This agency is also looking for help with fundraising, upkeep and maintenance of the houses, and household responsibilities.

Source @:

https://iccweb.ucdavis.edu/cs/volunteers/DBResults.htm?location=Anywhere&keyword=mental+health

Davis’ Progress Ranch — IRS Returns for 2010 , Form 990 [TLR Note: 1. Notice Yolo County Grand Jury Foreman Barbara Sommer is listed as “Treasurer” 2. Recapping – Inquiry begun due to a) large number of non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg b) Spike in movements of funds to “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County . Once “Progress Ranch” has been identified, shortly thereafter focus on Barbara Sommer and 2009-2010 Yolo Grand Jury Investigation of Cache Creek Casino ]

Profile of “Davis Community Network ” [ TLR Note: 1. Notice no mention of Progress Ranch’s Gretchen Peralta as officer or director despite Peralta’s extensive use of email address gperalta@dcn.org 2. To date, details about Peralta — sketchy at best. TLR managed to ascertain Peralta around 65, Pinay, Registered Nurse @ Sutter Health in Davis, CA. 3. Due to disquieting financial circumstances surrounding Yolo County Grand Jury’s Barbara Sommer of Progress Ranch, Cache Creek Casino, various non-profits commandeered by Lea Rosenberg and Judge David Rosenberg — presumed lackey of Howard Dickstein – brain behind Cache Creek Casino, TLR tentatively declared Peralta IOI. 4. Stated long term objective of TLR/YR to show Cache Creek Casino (via Dickstein and/or Rosenbergs — and Rosenbergs commandeered non-profits: Davis Odd Fellows, Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Sunrise Rotary Club ) bribed/is bribing Barbara Sommer in her capacity as Yolo County Grand Jury Foreperson around 2010. More specifically, during time Grand Jury investigated Cache Creek Casino ]

DCN is a Davis, California, nonprofit education and community service organization, founded in 1993. DCN is dedicated to helping local people take advantage of and benefit from the new information and communication technologies and services associated with the Internet and media convergence.

DCN Vision, Mission and Goals

What it is we’re trying to accomplish!
Mission

The mission of the Davis Community Network is to strengthen the community by helping people understand and benefit from participation in the electronic information era.
Preamble

Today, information technology is creating new avenues for human enterprise. The Davis Community Network was established in the belief that people, even as they look outward to the world, aspire to a richer community life. To that end, we assume both an educational and a practical role in helping ourselves and our fellow residents embrace the new technologies. We hope in this way to foster energetic local culture and commerce, citizen involvement in public affairs, and access by all sectors of the community to the information and communication facilities needed to realize the promise of a new era.
Purposes and Scope

The Davis Community Network, a non-profit regional organization established in 1994, creates public-benefit partnerships with government, education, business and the community in order to:

Ensure that people in the region benefit from opportunities the information age brings.
Promote access to electronic information and communication resources for all, protecting individual privacy and supporting free expression.
Develop and maintain public information resources that build a sense of community and reinforce democratic ideals.

Principles

Shared knowledge is a foundation of democratic society.
Information technology can enhance civic discourse and thus support democratic values and practice.
Universal and affordable access to information resources and tools is essential to meaningful, equal, public participation.
Privacy should be protected, and freedom of expression supported, in applications of information technology.
Information technology should be applied to the ideals of both the individual and society.

Goals (in three prioritized groups)

Develop and maintain a strong and sustainable organization.
Provide and/or facilitate the creation of telecommunications infrastructure, tools and network services.
Increase and improve the ability of individuals and organizations to access, utilize and contribute to the information necessary for effective participation in community and civic life.
Develop strategic partnerships with a broad range of regional institutions.
Assist staff, teachers, parents and students in using the Internet to enhance all levels of education.
Respond to community needs and interests through the application of information technology.
Serve as a community based test-bed for the development of appropriate information technology systems and services pilot projects.
Help to ensure that no one is denied effective access to the Internet.
Cooperate and share resources with other community networks.

Officers

Bill Buchanan – President
Teri Greenfield – Vice President
Jim Frame – Treasurer
Steve McMahon – Secretary

Board Members

Tsui Chang
Sheila Evans
Anne Hance
Russ Hobby
Jan Meizel
Robert Nickerson
Richard Yamagata

DCN acknowledges and most gratefully thanks past Board Members: Ronda Adams, Tony Bernhard, Alan Brattesani, Jan Bridge, Jason Coffer, Jon Cook, Marilyn Corcoran, Bill Diemer, Fereidun Feizollahi, Stan Forbes, Brian Gegan, Joan Gargano, Rick Guidara, Paul Healey, Ed Henn, Autumn Labbe-Renault, Randy Lasnik, Don Martensen, Jack May, Kathleen Mayer, Lynn Maynard, Jean Mecorney, Robert Merrill, Kari Peterson, Esther Polito, Keith Prior, Richard Reid, jesikah maria ross, Kimball Sargeant, Don Saylor, Elisabeth Sherwin, Tom Stanionis, Vicki Suter, Bev Sykes, Dan Todd, Kevin Wolf

Source @:

http://www2.dcn.org/dcn/about/vision

Davis Sunrise Rotary Club Newsletter [ TLR Note: 1- Notice names of David Rosenberg, Vic Bucher and Gretchen Peralta of Progress Ranch 2- Gretchen Peralta of Progress Ranch — where Barbara Sommer serves as president 3- As YR presently indisposed with severe Bronchitis / Allergies, The Leslie Brodie Report tentatively declares Gretchen Peralta IOI – Individual of Interest ]

More Background Information Re Barbara Sommer of Progress Ranch in Davis, California [ TLR Note: 1) IMPORTANT — To Date, neither TLR nor YR in possession of any evidence implicating Barbara Sommer in any type of misconduct whatsoever 2) TLR advises Sommer ceases use of UC Davis email address since mislead public presently employed by UC 3) “President” of CJGA confuses public Sommer presently President of Yolo County Grand Jury 4) 2010-Present “Member and Organizer of Yolo County Grand Jury Alumni” — ??? 5) Member of Progress Ranch since 2004 6) Member of Yolo Grand Jury 2008-2010 — during time Grand Jury investigates Cache Creek Casino 7) Focused fundraising efforts by Lea and David Rosenberg in re “foster youth” remains suspect, not the least of which conflict of interest by Lea Rosenberg in re movement of funds from entity she controls to separate entity ]

Current activities:

President, Board of Directors, Progress Ranch Treatment Services in Davis, CA

President, Yolo-CGJA (Yolo Chapter, California Grand Jurors’ Association)

Chair, Excellence in Reporting Awards Subcommittee, California Grand Jurors Association

Co-organizer/Secretary of Sacramento Area Mushroomers

Item writer for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the national licensing examination for psychologists.

WebMs. for Yolo County Historical Society, Progress Ranch, Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, Sacramento Area Mushroomers, and Yolo CGJA.

Curriculum Vita (download PDF)
Personal interests

e-mail: basommer@ucdavis.edu
phone: 530-756-7553

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Retired from UC Davis. Positions included Lecturer in Psychology, Academic Assistant to the Provost, Faculty Consultant, Program Evaluator, and Program Coordinator at the Teaching Resources Center on campus.

Taught at all levels of the California higher education system — community college, state college, and university. Did a stint at Sonoma State University in spring 2008.

Author of A Practical Guide to Behavioral Research (5th edition, Oxford University Press), Puberty and Adolescence (1978, Oxford) and 40 published articles.

Source @:

http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/sommerb/bio.html

Alliance of California Judges on Auditing AOC; Copy of YR communication to Jeff Reisig Re Plan to Contact Dave Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, Yolo County Grand Jury President Barbara Sommer of Progress Ranch

March 27, 2013

Dear Members and Others,

We attach an editorial penned by Bill Girdner of the Courthouse News. Suffice it to say, our branch leaders have gotten the attention of those in the media who report on court cases and who believe in open government. The author voices a concern that we share — some of the reporting on the “$10 pay for view” proposal has appeared to cast blame on the Governor or his Department of Finance for this assault on the First Amendment and open government. That could not be further from the truth.

A Report to the Judicial Council dated December 14, 2012, lays out the council’s legislative priorities for 2013. On page 12 you will find language drafted by AOC staff amending the Government Code to charge the public $10 to view a “name, file, or other information for which a search is requested.” Our branch leaders standing by silently while the Governor and his Department of Finance are unfairly criticized for this gaffe hearkens back to the last time the AOC was caught attempting to gut Government Code sections concerning the management of the local trial courts. Then AOC staff affirmatively blamed the Department of Finance. Now, they seem content to allow a misleading impression to be made regarding the authorship of this misguided proposal.

We encourage you to read this report in its entirety, as it sheds additional light on what our handpicked leaders believe is essential in this year’s legislative session. We will point out only one additional item. On pages 7 and 8, the AOC proposes to defer audits for compliance with the Public Contracting Code unless specific funding is provided to the judicial branch to offset the cost for these audits.

As you know, the State Auditor recently released her audit findings of the first six local courts that were chosen to be audited. We learned from this audit that the AOC was up to its old tricks by providing incorrect data and excluding information required by the auditors. The six local courts were found to be substantially in compliance with the code. Ending the audits now would stop the State Auditor from auditing the “AOC and other judicial branch entities” as is required by December 15 of this year. It appears that the six local courts had the funds to pay for audits last year, but this year the central office appears to be broke and unable to afford an audit unless the General Fund provides the resources to do so. How convenient.
The Alliance believes that auditing the AOC is not a luxury that should only occur if extra funding is secured. Rather we believe it is of utmost importance that respected State Auditor Elaine Howle undertake this audit immediately. For those on the Judicial Council who champion and repeatedly claim that a new regime has embraced “greater transparency,” this proposal to kill off an audit speaks to their definition of transparency when it comes to their own operations.

As always, we will continue to keep you informed on matters concerning our branch.

Directors,

Alliance of California Judges

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/27/pay-for-view-was-an-aoc-plan-from-the-start/

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In that suspicious transactions involving Judge David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg (“Rosenbergs”), Treasurer Victor Bucher, Cache Creek Casino and Barbara Sommer (President of Yolo County Grand Jury ; Progress Ranch) were recently unearthed, this will serve to place your office on notice of my plans to directly contact those individuals in furtherance of the inquiry.

The above will be contacted in their capacity as officers of various non-profit entities ( Davis Odd Fellows, Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Progress Ranch) for the purpose of obtaining documents, dates, amounts, as well as other relevant information.

Specifically, a noticeable surge has been detected in the level of enthusiasm (i.e. fundraising, donations)  on the part of  Cache Creek Casino and Rosenbergs to benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County.”

For example, Rosenbergs (at times, with the assistance of Judge Dave Reed, Treasurer Victor Bucher) raised funds to support foster youth by mobilizing Davis Odd Fellows (“Breakfast with Santa”), Soroptimist International of Davis (“Texas Hold ‘Em” ) and Davis Rebekah Lodge (“Crab Feed” ).

Subsequently, those funds were forwarded directly to Progress Ranch and/or  Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services – The Homeless and Foster Youth Services of Yolo County,  which in turns forward sums to Progress Ranch pursuant to contractual agreement with Yolo County totaling around $800,000 per annum.

Likewise, Cache Creek Casino’s sudden interest in foster youth manifested itself with a  $48,500 donation.

Please observe that the inquiry is in its infancy, and stem from the fact that Progress Ranch President Barbara Sommer is also the President of Yolo County Grand Jury, as well as  the role of Victor Bucher as treasurer in various judicial elections.

Profile of “Progress Ranch” in Yolo County [ TLR Note: A) It appears Progress Ranch reluctant to share names of board of directors as no data available on web-site B) Madam Lea Rosenberg actively raising funds vis-a-vis 1) Davis Odd Fellows – Breakfast with Santa, 2) Soroptimist International of Davis – Texas Hold ‘Em 3) Davis Rebekah Lodge — Crab Feed . C) President of Progress Ranch — Barbara Sommer of UC Davis — also President of Yolo County Grand Jury

In operation since 1976, Progress Ranch promotes the hope, health, and well-being of boys between the ages of 6 and 12 by helping them develop the self-confidence, competence, and positive feelings that result from living in a nurturing setting within a supportive community.

Our facility has six beds. We are located in a residential neighborhood in the city of Davis, and boys are eligible to attend Davis public schools. Our Executive Director, Wendi Counta, a long-time Davis resident, has over twenty years of experience working with children. She was the Residential Director at Families First for the past fifteen years. Her educational background is in Human Services management.

The Board of Directors is comprised of local residents who recognize the need for caring, community-based programs for children at risk. They meet monthly in Davis. A packet of material to describe board service opportunities is available upon request.

License and financial support

Progress Ranch is a nonprofit public benefit, 501(c) agency providing residential treatment services for the emotionally-troubled child. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division.

Children are placed by social service case workers from Yolo and other regional counties. Residential care is paid from government funds according to rates set by the State of California.

 

 

Webms: Barbara Sommer basommer@ucdavis.edu
Progress Ranch logo by Lisa Wood Design

Source @:

http://www.progressranch.org/index.html

Addendum to Profile of Madam Lea Rosenberg (wife of Dave Rosenberg) — Extensive Contribution to Community Also Include Raising Funds to House Emancipated Foster Young Adults [ TLR Note: 1) Notice date of 2010 2) “About 80 percent of the profits collected were donated to the local housing program, the group’s primary project for the next couple years. ” — refer to Progress Ranch ? Reminder, in 2010 Progress Ranch’s Barbara Sommer — Yolo County Grand Jury Foreperson — investigate Cache Creek Casino ]

Written by Samantha Bosio
Staff Writer
Published on March 10, 2010
Filed under City News

Yolo County relieves foster youth’s transition to independence

Most teenagers anxiously await the day they turn 18, but not every young adult shares this same excitement. For foster youth, becoming a legal adult carries new responsibilities to lead an independent life.

In an effort to aid in the transition from out-of-home residencies to independent living, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus (THP-Plus) program helps emancipated foster children in 52 counties. The THP-Plus program offers affordable housing, furniture, assistance with enrollment in school and help finding a job to former foster children ages 18 to 24.

“It is the only program in the state that works to address homelessness in former foster youth,” said Amy Lemley, policy director for the John Burton Foundation. “I think it’s very scary for these teens. You can imagine the kind of panic and frustration that this creates for them. We need to fulfill our commitment to these young people the way a parent would support their child in this transition.”

The California Department of Social Services, John Burton Foundation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing established the statewide project in 2001. Yolo County implemented the THP-Plus program in 2008, providing affordable housing for foster youth in a subsidized, communal home in the city of Davis.

Youth in the 24-month program are given housing, furniture, food allotment, counseling, assistance with earning their GED if needed, a $50 monthly stipend and a trust account to help them save money for life after the program.

“Approximately 15 youth emancipate out of foster care in Yolo County each year,” said Nancy O’Hara, assistant director of Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services in an e-mail interview. “Most have no where to live and no means of support at the time they are emancipated. The youth seem receptive and appreciative [of the THP-Plus].”

On July 1, however, the benefits of the program may be in danger if the state decreases its $172,000 allocation for Yolo County’s THP-Plus due to the California budget crisis.

“What little security they have had has been undermined by the recession,” Lemley said. “When we need it [the THP-Plus] most we see a proposal to eliminate it. As counties are more seriously affected by the recession, we see a kind of trickle down effect where counties have to decide what they do or do not want to do. It’s a tough decision for everyone.”

According to a 2002 study by the California Department of Social Services, every year in California over 4,200 young adults are dismissed from foster care, and two out of three end up homeless. Since its formation, the THP-Plus has been relatively successful – 85 percent of its participants retain housing and employment for at least one year after completing the program.

To help Yolo County’s local foster care, Soroptimist International of Davis held its annual poker tournament on March 6 at the Veterans’ Memorial Center.

“This type of issue isn’t on everyone’s radar,” said Lea Roseberg, president of Soroptimist International of Davis. “We wanted to bring it forth a little bit. I hope that these young adults know that there is a group out there that is supportive of their futures and that we care. Most of us have a mom or dad to help us get through college and pay for rent, but hopefully we can come in and help that Yolo County agency.”

About 80 percent of the profits collected were donated to the local housing program, the group’s primary project for the next couple years. Soroptimist will distribute the rest of the proceeds amongst other community projects.

Source @:

http://www.theaggie.org/2010/03/10/yolo-county-relieves-foster-youths-transition-to-independence/

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“Each year, thousands of 18-year-olds find themselves totally on their own because they have aged out of the foster care system,” says Lea Rosenberg, a member of Soroptimist International of Davis.

“Suddenly, they must figure out how to live on their own, work out transportation issues, and find a job or enter college without the help of a trusted adult adviser. So, our club wants to make sure that the youth who age out of the foster care system in Yolo County know that there are adults who care about them and want to help them become self-sufficient.”

Soroptimists invite the public to help out by attending their annual “Spirit of the West” fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. All proceeds raised through this annual event are used to support and assist young adults who age out of foster care.

Source @:http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/fundraiser-benefits-former-foster-kids/

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The Davis Rebekah Lodge invites the public to its Second Rebekah Lodge Crab Feed to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 415 Second St., Davis. The crab feed is a charitable fundraiser, open to the general public.

Only 160 tickets were printed for the crab feed, and less than 30 tickets remain. Tickets are only sold at the Avid Reader Active bookstore on Second Street. It is not anticipated that any tickets will remain to be sold at the door.

Tickets are $40 per person and participants will get lots of fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad, bread and drawn butter. The Rebekah Crab Feed also features a silent auction and a full no-host bar.

A raffle will also be conducted featuring a 24-bottle wine locker, including 24 bottles of fine wine.

All proceeds from the Rebekah Lodge Crab Feed will be used for the benefit of at-risk and foster youth in the Yolo County community.

Source @:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_22460858/crab-feed-hosted-by-davis-rebekahs-aid-yolo

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Want to whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear early this holiday season? Then be sure to buy tickets for Breakfast with Santa, which go on sale Monday.

This year’s event, which features three seatings, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis.

Tickets are $8 per person and must be purchased in advance, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, and Common Grounds, 2171 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis. Seatings are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

“Only 120 tickets are available for each seating and they go really fast,” said event co-chair Barbara Geisler. In 2010, tickets sold out in 10 days.

Breakfast with Santa includes pancakes, sausage, orange slices and cinna-bread, a goodie bag for each child and an opportunity to take a photo with Santa.

Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to record their child’s moment with Santa and his elves.

The event is presented by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and Davis Rebekah Lodge, with food donations from the Davis Food Co-op, Woodstock’s Pizza, Kona Coast Food Products and Puroast Low Acid Coffee.

“The 175 members of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge look forward to Breakfast with Santa every year because it brings so much joy and pleasure to the children and families who participate,” said Dave Reed, Noble Grand of the lodge.

Proceeds from the event will support emancipated foster youths as they transition to adulthood and Progress Ranch, a group home for foster boys in Davis.

Source @:

http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-go-on-sale-monday/

TIMELINE May 2011 – Davis Vanguard’s David Greenwald lashes out at Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg for nominating wife Lea Rosenberg (aka Lea Pepper) for Civic Award [ TLR Note: award bestowed, in part, for fundraising on behalf of “Elderly Nutrition Program” (“ENP”) in Yolo County — known widely as “Meals on Wheels” and operated by People Resources, Inc. where Vic Bucher serves as director]

Humanitarian Award
Winner: Lea Rosenberg
Nominated By: Dave RosenbergThe Humanitarian Award recognizes significant efforts in improving the quality of life for Davis residents by directly addressing the needs of specific groups within the community in the areas of health, human services, housing or employment.Although Lea Rosenberg has volunteered in countless capacities throughout the community over the past quarter century, she was nominated to receive the Humanitarian Award because of her recent efforts with foster youth and emancipated foster youth. Her nominator Dave Rosenberg writes, “Lea…has raised a considerable amount in donations to provide funds for these foster kids to stay in school, to purchase bus passes and books, as well as clothing and school supplies. She has raised money so that the kids can live in apartments after they become adults. She has taken a personal interest in Davis’ own Progress Ranch – a home for 6 very hard to place foster boys – bringing them games and toys, and supplying the home with gifts when the kids have birthdays.”

Ms. Rosenberg has also worked to support the Yolo Food Closet, Meals on Wheels and All Things Right and Relevant.

Source @:
http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?index_php?view=article&id=4398&tmpl=component&print=1&task=printblog&option=com_myblog&Itemid=171
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Davis Vanguard’s David Greenwald:

When I first saw the list of Thon Hy Hunh award nominees, and saw that Lea Rosenberg had won the award for Humanitarian, I thought very little about it.  After all, anyone who knows Lea, understand and appreciates the years of work she has done in our community.

She is a longtime volunteer who works very hard and is totally devoted to many non-profits who do humanitarian work.

It was only when I saw that her husband, a former Mayor but a sitting Judge, had nominated her, that I got an unsettling knot in the pit of my stomach.

It is inappropriate for a husband to nominate his wife for an award.  It would be like nominating oneself.  It is a conflict of interest and strikes of self-promotion if not more.

What makes this worse is that dozens in this community would gladly have stepped in to nominate Mrs. Rosenberg, who is a very appropriate nominee, but for judge Rosenberg to do so looks self-serving.  And it cheapens the award which, has a distinguished history in this community, honoring people for public service and commitment to civil rights in our community.

Moreover, as a sitting Judge, in fact the presiding Judge, David Rosenberg ought to stay out of such trivial matters.  This would be like Judge Mock nominating his wife Ann Hurd for Prosecutor of the Year.  She may well be deserving of it, but family should not be nominating family.

What is amazing is the disconnect between Judge David Rosenberg who sits on the bench in Yolo County and the one who, for whatever reason, gets bogged down in these sort of self-promoting activities.

Judge Rosenberg, if I should have the misfortune of being accused of a crime, would be the judge I would want to preside over my case.  He is fair-minded, he is caring, he knows the law and he treats people with respect and decency.

He is a good and decent person and has often used his positions to help people in need.  He shows a level of compassion and decency that is often missing in our judicial system.

Many of our judges do not even pay lip-service to compassion.  Judge Rosenberg has demonstrated it on a consistent basis from the bench in a way that not only brings humanity to the courtroom, but also a sense of fair play.

At the same time, for whatever reason, he is prone to enormous lapses in judgment.  The building of the new courthouse is a good example.

Few people who utilize the current courthouse would doubt that the Yolo County Court facilities are badly in need upgrading, either through a remodel or a new building that would enable all of the courts to operate within a single building, without exposing the public and staff to the security risks of marching in-custody defendants through common-use hallways that the public inhabit.

Unfortunately, we have talked to many in the community who are just appalled that, at a time when public employees are being laid off and people are jobless, such a grandiose courthouse is being proposed.

Sadly, the court itself is not immune to such cutbacks.  Court staff have been laid off.  There are furlough days.  And recently many of the law enforcement officers who provided security through the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department had to be laid off as well.

When such financing schemes were called into question by people like Davis City Councilmember Sue Greenwald,  Davis Enterprise Columnist Rich Rifkin and myself, Judge Rosenberg took it upon himself to respond in an op-ed.

Please continue @:

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4399:sunday-an-inappropriate-nomination&Itemid=81

TIMELINE 05/11/12: Davis VanGuard’s David Greenwald States: A. Judge Dan Maguire told me “the reason my name appears on 1477 Drew is because my treasurer is Vic Bucher. Vic was Dave Rosenberg’s treasurer’s too, and I hired him on Dave’s recommendation.” B. Vic Bucher told me that he had nothing to do with the mailer. In fact, it was someone in the same office, Jim McGowan who is the listed treasurer of that committee.” [ TLR Note: 1. Vic Bucher — strong and prolonged ties to Judge Rosenberg ever since Rosenberg active in Davis/Yolo council ; as chairman of California Lottery Commission invited Bucher to act as CPA ; Napa/ Saratoga retirement community, etc 2. Judge Dan Maguire campaign literature clearly ( see attachment) indicates Vic Bucher of “1477 Drew Avenue, Suite 103 ” is Treasurer . 3. Public records provide McGowan and Baker CPA also reside @ 1477 Drew Ave., Suite 103 Davis, CA 95618 Phone: 530-758-8150 http://mcgowan-baker.com/ 4. Reason Vic Bucher sought to mislead Greenwald? ]

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David M. Greenwald:

05/11/12 – 06:14 AM

“He is apparently using Jim Burchill to manage his campaign, poor judgement there”

Dan Maguire told me: “I have no connection whatsoever with Jim Burchill– I don’t even know who he is.”

He also said, “the reason my name appears on 1477 Drew is because my treasurer is Vic Bucher. Vic was Dave Rosenberg’s treasurer’s too, and I hired him on Dave’s recommendation.”

Vic Bucher told me that he had nothing to do with the mailer. In fact, it was someone in the same office, Jim McGowan who is the listed treasurer of that committee.

Please see source @:

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5345:maguire-picks-up-two-critical-endorsements&catid=74:court-watch&Itemid=100

More on Vic Bucher of Davis, California — Treasurer to Yolo County Judges and Longtime Confederate of Judicial Council’s Dave Rosenberg — Profile of Davis-based for-profit CCMS software company known as “Maintenance Connection, Inc” launched in 2000 by Bucher / other [ TLR Note: 1- CPA Bucher – not your average bean counter, rather , a powerful force in Yolo County and California 2. tactics similar to Kapor i.e. use of non-profits ? 3- connection to Reisig? Yolo DA? child support payments ? Childers Incorporated? 4. Overall, Bucher — unlike Judge Rosenberg — not of interest to TLR. 5. Judicial Council Watcher and Michael Paul hereby asked to opine on CCMS ? 5. Tip of the Day — Always be nice to your enemies — in case your friends will turn out to be bastards.]

Maintenance Connection provides Facility Maintenance and Asset Management Software (Browser-Based CMMS) to organizations worldwide. Our unique blend of technology and personalized service is a critical component of our client satisfaction. Our attention to service is evident in the people we hire, the systems we develop and the way we interact with our clients. Our Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) use leading edge browser-based technologies, and our amazing team consistently leads successful implementation projects.Specialties  Maintenance Software, b2b, CMMS, EAM, Preventive Maintenance Software, Work Order Tracking.
Source @:
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Maintenance Connection is the sole provider of a CMMS/EAM solution uniquely positioned to manage all aspects of a maintenance operation, right at the fingertips of maintenance personnel. Maintenance Connection can provide solutions in all aspects of maintenance, all packaged in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that allows you to manage maintenance, not software.Since 1999, Maintenance Connection has emerged as one of the dominant solutions providers. And our customers keep coming back again and again as a result. Our unique blend of customer focus and leading edge technology makes up an organization you will want to partner with.
Source @:
http://www.maintenanceconnection.com/mcv18/online/mc_company_overview.htm

Redacted DavisWiki of Lea Rosenberg — Spouse of Judge Dave Rosenberg [ TLR Note: familial data – redacted 2- If factually applicable, re University Farm Circle may be of interest to attorney of Ryan Clifford. Likewise, financial relationship between Rosenberg, Maguire, Vic Bucher, retirement homes @ Napa/ Saratoga 3- Wiki lacks Madam Rosenberg’s extensive contribution to community re “helps raise money for local hospitals.”]

Lea Rosenberg is a community activist currently serving as Co-President of Soroptimist International of Davis, Noble Grand (President) of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, and as a member of the Board of the Yolo County SPCA. Lea has opened her home to innumerable arts, education, political, charitable, and community events over the years.

Lea Rosenberg formerly served as President of the University Farm Circle, President of the Davis Art Center, President of the Davis PTA Council, President of the Davis School Arts Foundation, and Treasurer for numerous successful local political campaigns. She has been honored as Davis Citizen of the Year (the Covell Award). Lea Rosenberg has been chosen four times in an annual poll of readers of the Davis Enterprise as “Most Dedicated Community Volunteer.” She is a member of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, previously having served as Treasurer and as a Trustee of the Lodge, and having been chosen in 2006 as the “Member of the Year.” Currently, she serves as one of the three Trustees of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, and also serves as one of six board members of the Hall Board Association of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges, managing all property of the two Lodges. She has served as a long-time member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. She also served for five years as a member of the Yolo County Fair Board of Directors, having been appointed to that position by the Governor of California.

Lea is also an Avon Representative

Source @:
http://daviswiki.org/Lea_Rosenberg

She is currently active in Farm Circle and Soroptimists, and helps raise money for local hospitals.

Please see source @:

http://daverosenberg.net/super/endorse.html

 

TIMELINE 2004: More on Extensive Ties Between Judicial Council’s Dave Rosenberg ( Judge, Yolo County Superior Court) and Treasurer Vic Bucher : “Vic Bucher of Davis was appointed to the five-member State Lottery Commission as its designated CPA ” [ TLR Note: Chairman of Lottery Commission was Dave Rosenberg]

January 1, 2004

Vic Bucher of Davis was appointed to the five-member State Lottery Commission as its designated CPA

Source @:

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-119468786.html

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David Rosenberg Re-elected Chairman of California Lottery Commission

18 February 2003

SACRAMENTO, California –(Press Release)– The California Lottery Commission announced today, the re-election of Commissioner David Rosenberg, 56 as Chairman of the California Lottery Commission. Retired El Dorado County Sheriff Hal Barker was elected Vice-Chairman of the Commission.

The California Lottery is governed by a five-member Commission which is appointed by the Governor. Rosenberg was appointed to the Lottery Commission, an unpaid position, by Governor Davis in March 1999.

Commissioner David Rosenberg was appointed to the Commission in March 1999 to the Lottery Commission to a term that expired in November 2001. Governor Davis reappointed Rosenberg to a subsequent term that expires in November of 2006. David Rosenberg of Davis, California, was elected to the first of three consecutive terms on the Davis City Council in 1984. During his 12 years of city council service, he served two terms as Mayor. In 1996 he was elected to Yolo County Board of Supervisors representing the fourth district, served as board chair in 1997, and was re-elected in 2000. As County Supervisor, his leadership positions include serving as a member of the Yolo- Solano Air Quality Management District, as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice Planning, as Chairman of the Yolo County Economic Development Council and co-chairman of the Criminal Justice Cabinet. For the past ten years, Rosenberg has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and was the former chairman of the California Law Revision Commission.

Rosenberg, an attorney, established a private law practice in Sacramento, then in Davis, California, which he continued through 2000. Rosenberg was a partner in the law Firm of Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant, & Hannegan from 1986-1996 and was also a partner in the law firm of Felderstein, Rosenberg & McManus from 1981-1986. From 1976- 1981, Rosenberg served as Deputy Appointments Secretary and later as Deputy Executive Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

He received his law degree in 1974 from the University of California, Davis and A Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1968 from California Polytechnic State University.

The Lottery provides 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools, and no more than 16 percent for administrative expenses of operating the Lottery which includes 6.9 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $14 billion for public schools.

Source @:

http://www.casinocitytimes.com/news/article/david-rosenberg-re-elected-chairman-of-california-lottery-commission-130382

Saratoga Retirement Community / Meadows of Napa Valley — two retirement homes operated by Odd Fellows Homes of California — Roster of Board of Director [ TLR Note: 1. Yolo County Judge Dave Rosenberg, Chair of 190$ million outstanding venture ; Notice name of Vic Bucher — served as “Treasurer ” for campaign re-election of Yolo judges Rosenberg and Dan Maguire. In fact, Judge Maguire stated to journalist (David Greenwald) it was Rosenberg who recommended Bucher. 2. Vic Bucher ties to Tim Bucher of UC Davis Foundation?]

Judge David Rosenberg – Board Chair (2014)
Davis
(530) 756-0697
daverose@jps.net

Gerald Poarch – Board Vice Chair (2014)
Costa Mesa
(714) 850-0607
geraldpoarch@mindspring.com

Dorothy Handy – Board Member (2011)
Napa
(707) 255-4492
djhandy8@sbcglobal.net

Ray Link – Board Secretary (2014)
Saratoga
(408) 867-0231
grandlodge-ca@sbcglobal.net

Lynn Hill – Board Member (2012)
Napa
(707) 253-2324
hill3252@earthlink.net

Don R. Smith -Board Member (2013)
Linden
(209) 887-3829
donsioof@hotmail.com

Vic Bucher – Board Member (2014)
Davis
(530) 220-6077
yourcpavic@yahoo.com
Jay Johnson- Board Treasurer (2016)
Fremont
(510) 794-0708
ioof114@comcast.net

Robin Oliver – Board Member (2013)
Mill Valley
(415) 388-3806
roboliver@sbcglobal.net

Mary Ann Tschernoscha – Board Member (2013)
San Pedro
(310) 749-8905 (mobile)
mtschernoscha@mwe.com

Gerald D. Worth – Board Member (2013)
Napa
(707) 224-5659
worthcpa@DSLExtreme.com

Source @:

http://caioof.org/serving-the-community/odd-fellows-homes/

DATELINE January 2013 – Daily Democrat: Davis Odd Fellows names new leaders [ TLR Note: 1. For simplicity, privacy — Davis Odd Fellows and related entities henceforth referenced here as “Davis 169” 2- Notice names of Judge Dave and Lea Rosenberg, Judge Dave Reed 3. Likewise part of Davis 169 are Judge Dan and Fran Maguire 4. At this point, no designation for Judge Dave Rosenberg as President of “Odd Fellows Home of California” – two major non-profit retirement communities in Napa and Saratoga – better known as Meadows of Napa Valley and Saratoga Retirement Community]

The Davis Odd Fellows and its various sub-organizations have elected officers for 2013.

A formal installation ceremony is scheduled for tonight in Davis.

Sharing the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall are four entities: The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169, Davis Rebekah Lodge No. 253, and the Davis Encampment No. 21.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge was chartered in 1890 and currently has 188 members. It is one of the largest in the state. Members devote much of their time toward assisting individuals and community groups throughout Yolo County either financially or through their volunteer efforts.

The Davis Rebekah Lodge was chartered in 1901 and currently has 35 members.

Both the Davis Odd Fellows and the Davis Rebekahs are part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternal order for men and women. The Davis Encampment was chartered in 1954 and provides advanced degrees in Odd Fellowship. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association is composed of the three trustees of the Davis Odd Fellows and the three trustees of the Davis Rebekahs. The Hall Board Association owns and manages the property of the two Lodges.

Elected officers for 2013 include: Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Hall Board Association — President Dave Rosenberg, Vice President Dave Reed, Secretary Lea Rosenberg and Treasurer Barb Geisler; members of the Hall Board include — Bob Bockwinkel, Marge Fagan, Barb Geisler, Dave

Reed, Lea Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg; Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169 Officers include — Noble Grand Bob Schelen, Vice Grand Lea Rosenberg, Secretary Alekka Fullerton, Treasurer Penny Smith and Financial Secretary Steve Lopez; Trustees of the Davis Lodge — Bob Bockwinkel, Dave Reed, and Dave Rosenberg.

Davis Rebekah Lodge No. 253 Officers — Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg, Vice Grand Lin Spangler, Secretary Dave Rosenberg, Treasurer Diana Schmiegel and Financial Secretary Sharla Cheney; Trustees of the Rebekah lodge — Marge Fagan, Barb Geisler, and Lea Rosenberg; Davis Encampment No. 21 — Chief Patriarch Dave Rosenberg, Senior Warden Renee Liston, Junior Warden Duff Devine, Scribe Diane Steele, Treasurer Lin Spangler, Financial Scribe Sharla Cheney and High Priest Greg Simmons; Trustees of the Encampment — Bob Schelen, Arun Sen, and Sarah Worley.

Source @:

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_22361489/davis-odd-fellows-names-new-leaders

 

 

Addendum to Coverage of State Bar of California v. Clint Parish : Audio of Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg RoboCall to Residents of Yolo County In Re Clint Parish / Judge Dan Maguire [TLR Note: use of robocall alone — if legally allowed — not necessarily problematic i.e. “I am Judge A, I call to let you know that I am endorsing Judge B.” Judge Rosenberg, however, crossed line by lending prestige of his name and office (which demonstrates authority) by taking side of dispute between Parish and Maguire i.e. Rosenberg heard stating mailer full of factual inaccuracies. Argument also can be made Maguire equally culpable in re content of robocall by agreeing-urging Rosenberg / paying cost. Of course, readers also need not forget Rosenberg very serious misconduct re threat “phlegm” will backfire ]


(Image: courtesy of DAVISVANGUARD.ORG)

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that the State Bar of California seeks to impose professional discipline on former Yolo County Assistant District Attorney Clint Parish.

Clint Parish
Clinton E. Parish, 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent — Judge Dan Maguire — in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.

Acccording to the State Bar of California, “Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “This is a serious charge…If the allegations are proved true, Parish could face penalties that range from a reprimand to disbarment.”

According to the Bee, “The State Bar’s disciplinary filing is rare. Just 28 such misconduct cases – including the one against Parish – have been filed by the bar since 2000, say State Bar officials. Of those, 21 cases were closed without an investigation. The Parish case is one of only two since 2000 to proceed to a hearing.”


California Judicial Council members Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (“best friend” of Ruthe Ashley of financial scheme CaliforniaALL), Yolo County Superior Court PJ Dave Rosenberg, UC Irvine Foundation’s Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson (confederate of Cal Bar executive director Joe Dunn of UC Irvine Foundation / Voice of OC / CaliforniaALL ), Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis. Subsequent to an allegedly inaccurate mailer sent by Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish , who was running for Yolo Superior Court judge against incumbent Judge Dan Maguire, Judge Dave Rosenberg issued the following veil threat against Parish: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.” (image:courtesy photos)

State Bar’s spokeswoman Laura Ernde stated to The Davis Enterprise that “the charges arose from a complaint that was filed with the State Bar, but the identity of the complainant is confidential at this point.”

As we mentioned previously, in response to the mailer sent by Parish’s campaign, a highly perturbed Judge Rosenberg launched an unprecedented attack on Parish. This, despite knowing full well that California Canons of Judicial Ethics permit a judicial officers only to “endorse” candidates for judicial office. Specifically, and consistent with his new role, Judge Rosenberg, inappropriately so, resorted to sending a robocall out to many voters “to set the record straight” of what he called, “a nasty political hit piece” which “contains flat out lies and deceptions about a highly respected Judge here in Yolo County, Judge Dan Maguire.” Judge Rosenberg also promised, inappropriately so, to retaliate against Clint Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him by stating: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.”

According to Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”), he is “shocked and disappointed” by the prosecution of Clint Parish and surrounding circumstances.

YR stated: “As a resident of Yolo County, I was exposed to the campaign material of both Parish and Judge Dan Maguire — who is by all accounts, a gentleman.”

“The circulated political propaganda made it very clear that Parish is a prosecutor and not a judge, and as such, I was never led to believe that Parish had prior judicial experience, as the State Bar falsely alleges. Any other unfortunate alleged misstatements concerning Judge Maguire were the fault of Parish’s campaign manager, and once those alleged inaccuracies were brought to the attention of Parish, he immidetly disavowed them,” YR continued.

“At the risk of sounding kitschy, everyone needs to remember that we don’t live in an error-free world, and I call on the person who filed the complaint against Clint Parish with the State Bar of California to withdraw it — be it, as I speculate, Judge Dave Rosenberg or our spineless DA Jeff Reisig,” YR concluded.

Related story, please see HERE

For more about :

Judge Rosenberg, please see HERE and HERE

Judge Dan Maguire, please see HERE

Jeff Reisig, please see HERE

Audio of Yolo County Judge Dave Rosenberg Robo-Call

SCRUTINY OF CALIFORNIA’S JUDICIAL COUNCIL INTENSFIES : Judicial Council Watcher Ponders Role of Judicial Council’s Dave Rosenberg of Yolo Superior In Re Cal Bar Prosecution of Clint Parish ; In Light of Overwhelming Evidence of Fraud by Judicial Council Members Joe Dunn of Voice of OC / UC Irvine Foundation, Mark Robinson of UC Irvine Foundation, Thomas Girardi of Voice of OC — TLR asks: Is Judicial Council’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye More Than Just Friend of Ruthe Catolico Ashley of CaliforniaALL Financial Scheme? Judicial Council’sJudge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County as Potential Accessory In Re Sham Search Warrant ? ; Alliance of California Judges Decries Tani Cantil-Sakauye Reappointment of Current Members to Judicial Council

He’s the presiding judge of Yolo county. He’s a judicial council member. He sits on the litigation management committee for the judicial council – the judges and justices who sit in an effort to manage the litigation against the branch – like the recent appeal of the Emily Gallup case. He has awards for himself posted on his website before they’re presented…. 

Presiding Judge Dave Rosenberg Robocall May 2012 apparently to every resident in Yolo County.

Public Utilities Code that applies to this call

PUC 2873.  Automatic dialing-announcing devices may be used to place calls over telephone lines only pursuant to a prior agreement between the persons involved, whereby the person called has agreed that he or she consents to receive such calls from the person calling, or as specified in Section 2874.

PUC 2874.  (a) Whenever telephone calls are placed through the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device, the device may be operated only after an unrecorded, natural voice announcement has been made to theperson called by the person calling. The announcement shall do all of the following:
(1) State the nature of the call and the name, address, and telephone number of the business or organization being represented, if any.
(2) Inquire as to whether the person called consents to hear the prerecorded message of the person calling.
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Canon of Judicial Ethics that applies to this call

CANON 5
A JUDGE OR JUDICIAL CANDIDATE* SHALL REFRAIN FROM INAPPROPRIATE POLITICAL ACTIVITY

Judges are entitled to entertain their personal views on political questions. They are not required to surrender their rights or opinions as citizens. They shall, however, avoid political activity that may create the appearance of political bias or impropriety. Judicial independence and impartiality should dictate the conduct of judges and candidates* for judicial office.

Now if the CJP wasn’t Big Dave’s bitch, do you think they might have something to say about content in light of the coincidence that Clint Parish being prosecuted in State Bar Court for said mailer? What are the odds that sitting on the all-powerful litigation management committee someone might be actually managing litigation and sending a chilling message to attorneys of “don’t take us on – or risk disbarment….”

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/18/aoc-in-woodshed-over-lb-chief-re-appoints-three-to-judicial-council-from-the-desk-of-jcw/

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Clint Parish
Clinton E. Parish, 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent — Judge Dan Maguire — in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.

Acccording to the State Bar of California, “Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “This is a serious charge…If the allegations are proved true, Parish could face penalties that range from a reprimand to disbarment.”

According to the Bee, “The State Bar’s disciplinary filing is rare. Just 28 such misconduct cases – including the one against Parish – have been filed by the bar since 2000, say State Bar officials. Of those, 21 cases were closed without an investigation. The Parish case is one of only two since 2000 to proceed to a hearing.”


California Judicial Council members Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (“best friend” of Ruthe Ashley of financial scheme CaliforniaALL), Yolo County Superior Court PJ Dave Rosenberg, UC Irvine Foundation’s Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson (confederate of Cal Bar executive director Joe Dunn of UC Irvine Foundation / Voice of OC / CaliforniaALL ), Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis.  Subsequent to an allegedly inaccurate mailer sent by Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish , who was running for Yolo Superior Court judge against incumbent Judge Dan Maguire, Judge Dave Rosenberg issued the following veil threat against Parish: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.” (image:courtesy photos)

State Bar’s spokeswoman Laura Ernde stated to The Davis Enterprise that “the charges arose from a complaint that was filed with the State Bar, but the identity of the complainant is confidential at this point.”

As we mentioned previously, in response to the mailer sent by Parish’s campaign, a highly perturbed Judge Rosenberg launched an unprecedented attack on Parish.  This, despite knowing full well that California Canons of Judicial Ethics permit a judicial officers only to “endorse” candidates for judicial office. Specifically, and consistent with his new role, Judge Rosenberg, inappropriately so, resorted to sending a robocall out to many voters “to set the record straight” of what he called, “a nasty political hit piece” which “contains flat out lies and deceptions about a highly respected Judge here in Yolo County, Judge Dan Maguire.”  Judge Rosenberg also promised, inappropriately so, to retaliate against Clint Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him by stating: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.”

According to Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”), he is “shocked and disappointed” by the prosecution of Clint Parish and surrounding circumstances.

YR stated: “As a resident of Yolo County, I was exposed to the campaign material of both Parish and Judge Dan Maguire — who is by all accounts, a gentleman.”

“The circulated political propaganda made it very clear that Parish is a prosecutor and not a judge, and as such, I was never led to believe that Parish had prior judicial experience, as the State Bar falsely alleges.  Any other unfortunate alleged misstatements concerning Judge Maguire were the fault of Parish’s campaign manager, and once those alleged inaccuracies were brought to the attention of Parish, he immidetly disavowed them,” YR continued.

“At the risk of sounding kitschy, everyone needs to remember that we don’t live in an error-free world, and I call on the person who filed the complaint against Clint Parish with the State Bar of California to withdraw it —  be it, as I speculate, Judge Dave Rosenberg or our spineless DA Jeff Reisig,” YR concluded.

Related story, please see HERE

For more about :

Judge Rosenberg, please see HERE and HERE

Judge Dan Maguire, please see HERE

Jeff Reisig, please see HERE

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Were Thomas Girardi and Joe Dunn Part of CaliforniaALL Financial Scheme in Judicial Council Capacity? Role of UCI Foundation’s Mark Robinson? Judge Dave Rosenberg as Potential Accessory In Re Sham Search Warrant ? Angela Davis?

Joe Dunn


MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: CHRIS YOUNG , JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST, ANNETTE CARNEGIE, SUSAN MAC CORMAC, ERIC TATE

” VOICE OF OC” TEAM — Henry Weinstein, Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi , Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, and Joe Dunn.  In September of 2009, Dunn (with the help of Girardi and Brosnahan) launched “The Voice of Orange County” — an online publication.  Additionally, Dunn is a trustee with the UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL had bestowed.

As mentioned before, in a letter to Joe Dunn,  YR wrote “Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the BOG) made a quiet and unlawful transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Geoffrey Brown, and a few others.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 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.

During its brief existence, CaliforniaALL obtained additional funding of close to $1.5 million from utility companies such as Verizon Wireless, Sempra, PG&E, and others.

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where you serve as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. (Please note that this figure may change once I obtain CaliforniaALL’s final tax return.)

Note that from my perspective, the award of this grant is suspect as it appears that CaliforniaALL pre-selected UCI Foundation, making the simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant a sham process. (Note also that Sarah Redfield later falsely claimed she “launched” SAL-UCI, and falsely stated on her resume that she was part of the “Curriculum Committee”; in reality, you and I know that SAL-UCI was established by Santana Ruiz and Rob Vicario, several years earlier.)

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, you publicly launched your online publication, “The Voice of OC.” Public sources have stated that the Voice of OC was financed by various foundations, unions, and the like.

The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent unlawful transfer of $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL were also involved in assisting you with the creation of “Voice of OC” has caused me to entertain the thought that “Voice of OC” may have been a recipient, at least in part, of the $780,000 misappropriated from the State Bar of California.

This belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month you launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed). Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” ( as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce this belief. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges), and the friendship you share with him.”


Mr Tom Girardi of Los Angeles-based Girardi & Keese. Per findings adjudicated by 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. Subsequnet 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.

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Judge Dave Rosenberg as Potential Accessory After the Fact ?

I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 18, 2013

Dear Members and Others,

The attached articles deal with two subjects that are inexorably intertwined. The first by Courthouse News reporter, Maria Dinzeo, recounts the fact that the Chief Justice has reappointed three current members to the Judicial Council. The second article, by The Recorder’s Cheryl Miller, details a recent legislative hearing that focused on the money-sucking Long Beach Courthouse.

These two issues must be viewed in the larger context of a dysfunctional form of branch governance and the lack of a real system of checks and balances.

Reappointing the same judges/justices who have failed to appropriately oversee the bloated and entrenched bureaucracy is not a recipe for success. Rather, it is history repeating itself. We have not found a single instance when any of these three re-appointed members has voted against an AOC staff recommendation. They have fallen in lock-step with the other appointees who supported the failed CCMS project and repeatedly overlooked wasteful spending on court construction and maintenance. Recently each joined in rejecting the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee’s recommendation to end telecommuting for central office staff.

And that history brings us to the second article concerning the Long Beach Courthouse.

The Alliance has obtained an un-redacted copy of the building and maintenance contract that has left the judiciary on the hook for $2.3 billion over the next 35 years. We looked high and we looked low in an effort to learn who entered into this agreement where the construction/maintenance company bore zero risk. We can tell you that NO local court officials inked this deal. The bureaucrats from the AOC own this debacle from A to Z.

The Legislative Analyst correctly observed that the Long Beach project would go way over budget. That same Legislative Analyst had presciently warned that CCMS had not been properly vetted and was in danger of failing. Again the warnings have been ignored. And who suffers for these blunders? Certainly not those who entered into these contracts from the central office or the Council members who have repeatedly failed to rein them in. Instead the price is paid by every trial court in this state that is forced to layoff critically needed staff, close courtrooms and courthouses, make do with unsafe and overcrowded facilities, and shorten business hours for the public seeking redress.

Last week the Chief Justice addressed both houses of the Legislature. In her remarks she observed: “Structurally” the judicial branch was “reborn a mere 16 years ago.” Later in referring to the branch as “16 years young” she went on to say, “Like any adolescent it needs a check-in.” The Alliance would go one step further in this analogy: What adult in their right mind would give a 16-year-old carte blanche to spend over three billion dollars a year and not expect bad decision making and wasteful spending?

As we did with the CCMS fiasco, the Alliance is asking for the Legislature — which appropriated these monies the AOC and Judicial Council have so badly mismanaged — to direct respected State Auditor Elaine Howle to conduct an audit of the construction and maintenance programs overseen by the AOC. We caution the legislature not to be misled into thinking that the AOC-commissioned Pegasus report is comparable to a real independent audit, any more than were AOC-sponsored reports on CCMS. It is not. What is needed is an independent evaluation, just as was done with CCMS.

Finally, we thank State Senator Loni Hancock for shining the light on the Long Beach Court financing debacle by holding a public meeting. Senator Hancock’s question to AOC staff: “How did you let this happen?” — referencing the apparent belief by branch leaders that the State General Fund would pay for this behemoth — harkens eerily back to the days when our branch leaders and AOC staff attempted to shift responsibility for the concept of CCMS onto past Governors. Nonsense.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/18/aoc-in-woodshed-over-lb-chief-re-appoints-three-to-judicial-council-from-the-desk-of-jcw/

Intergovernmental Agreement Between The County of Yolo and Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians Concerning Mitigation For Reservation Impacts Resulting From The Tribe’s Casino Expansion and Hotel Project [TLR NOTE: Notice agreement signed by Howard Dickstein, Paula Lorenzo, would be judges Dave Rosenberg and Steven Basha ; Lorenzo — former chairman of Wintun / Yocha Dehe / Cache Creek Casino — victim of multitudes acts of fraud by Howard Dickstein, at times, in concert with Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman of UC Davis Foundation i.e. Triangle property in West- Sacramento ]

More on Judicial Council Technology Advisory Committee, CCMS, Judges Dan Maguire and Dave Rosneberg, Alliance of California Judges on Judge James Herman [TLR Note: 1. Contention by Alliance correct ? attached roster lists Terence Bruiniers as chair 2. By now, ample circumstantial evidence to entertain thoughts Judicial Council’s Judge Dave Rosenberg controlling / protecting / leading Maguire astray 3. Why Maguire ? easy to manipulate? vulnerable? crook? protecting Arnold’s secrets in re disquieting relationship with Ron George ? 4. Yolo bench zeal and motive in re search-seizure , pillory YR, and hope — perhaps incorrectly — to ascertain identity of confidential sources of both YR / Judicial Council Watcher ? separate and apart from zeal of others i.e. Jon Streeter, Munger Tolles, MoFo, Judicial Council’s Mark Robinson of UCI Foundation, who together with UCI Foundation’s Joe Dunn of Cal Bar / Voice of OC — part of initial phase of CalALL financial scheme — $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL to UCI Foundation — to launch “SALUCI” – entity already in existence, among other widespread fraud]

February 11, 2013

Dear Members and Others,

You probably have heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.” Well, indeed that appears to be true with the creation of yet another Judicial Council task force that will “develop a strategic plan for court technology.”

Some of you may wonder why this is happening when the Chairman of the powerful Judicial Council’s Rules Committee recently announced the reduction of committees and task forces. Although the Alliance is unable to answer that question, we cannot fail to make certain observations which should concern all of us as we attempt to rehabilitate the branch’s reputation and image with the Governor’s Office and the Legislature.

We need not take the time to restate in detail the colossal and embarrassing computer fiasco presided over by the Council and AOC staff known as CCMS. The bottom line is that over a half billion public dollars were wasted on a system that was ill conceived, poorly executed and doomed from the start due to, among other things, competency issues. This is not just our opinion. This was the conclusion made by respected State Auditor Elaine Howle after an exhaustive audit of the program, an audit that our branch leaders attempted to kill as “duplicative.”

We also should remember that, but for legislative intervention and years of vocal opposition from judges of the Alliance and others, public monies would still be flowing into CCMS. In fact, branch leaders continue to claim that CCMS works. They describe CCMS as a “Ferrari” for which we do not have the resources to fill the tank. So, there our valuable investment sits in a garage with no ability to go anywhere fast.

Which brings us to the new task force. The Chief Justice has appointed Judge James Herman to chair the task force. One of CCMS’s most vocal supporters, Judge Herman has sat on virtually every committee and task force connected to CCMS. In addition to this new task force, which will report to the Judicial Council’s Technology Committee, Judge Herman coincidentally also chairs that committee. So, in effect, he will be reporting to himself.

Making matters that much more efficient, the following members of the new task force also serve on Judge Herman’s Technology Committee: the Hon. Terrence Bruniers, Hon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst, Hon. Ira Kaufman and the Hon. Robert Moss. These members will likewise be reporting to themselves.

Staffing the new task force is Jessica Craven, who works in the AOC’s Information Technology Services Office. That is quite convenient as Ms. Craven also serves as the AOC staffer to Judge Herman’s Technology Committee. You should be aware that, prior to Ms. Craven’s new assignment to the IS division, she was assigned as a Senior Business Analyst in the Southern Regional Office which was tasked with developing and implementing CCMS. As of July 8, 2011, Ms. Craven was employed in the “CCMS Division,” which sometime thereafter morphed into the “IS Division.”

Clearly technology issues need to be addressed. Those early adopter courts which relied on CCMS being a game changer are now left with an outdated program which is expensive to maintain and operate, with no ability to purchase a replacement due to budget cuts.

It is shameful that our branch wasted over half a billion dollars on a failed computer system. We must take bold and immediate steps to restore our credibility with the Governor, Legislature, Legislative Analyst’s Office, the State Auditor and the Department of Finance. Creating “new” task forces and committees populated with the same leaders who presided over CCMS is not a winning strategy. Nor will this shell game impress the smart and sophisticated legislators and staff members who witnessed the CCMS disaster up close and personal.

As another example of how little things have changed in the operations of the AOC and Judicial Council, we offer a news report from KCRA in Sacramento about travel expenses for Judicial Council meetings. The story notes that more than $50,000 was spent last year on hotel accommodations for Judicial Council members. If these handpicked court leaders were effective stewards of the courts’ limited resources perhaps some travel expenses for their meetings could be justified, but at a time when the courts continue to be asked to do more with less shouldn’t we see a greater effort on their part to reduce these expenses? A direct link to the news video appears here.

These are just the latest examples of why the Alliance remains determined to bring democratic representation to the Judicial Council. “Speaking with one voice” only perpetuates and ensures that past mistakes will continue to be repeated. The continued unchecked spending of the Judicial Council, and the creation and operation of task forces that fail to provide meaningful oversight of projects like CCMS, further illustrate that these appointed court leaders do not embrace meaningful reform. The Alliance will continue to advocate for real change on behalf of our local courts.

Directors,

Alliance of California Judges

Source @:
http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/02/11/the-judicial-council-technology-task-force-banana-republic-style/
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10-4-11 Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue Appoints Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire to California Judicial Council’s Technology Advisory Committee [ TLR Note: 1 – notice, again, Judge Dave Rosenberg’s unexplained enthusiasm and support of Maguire 2 – Technology Advisory Committee connection to failed CCMS /Arnold Schwarzenegger – Ronald George connection ? — Judicial Council Watcher, Dan Dydzak, Michael Paul hereby asked to opine]

Addendum to growing need exists to diversify bench of Yolo County – all judges Caucasian — unlike general population which also consists of many hard-working Latinos : images in support [ TLR Note: disappointing official site of Yolo County Superior Court lacks background, profile of judges i.e. Judge Dave Rosenberg part of Judicial Council ; Judge Daniel Maguire appointed by Chief Justice a Tani Cantil-Sakayue to Judicial Council Technology Committee ]

Hon. David Rosenberg
Presiding Judge
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Hon. Steven M. Basha
Civil Supervising Judge
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Hon. Stephen L. Mock
Criminal Supervising Judge
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Hon. Kathleen M. White
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Hon. Timothy L. Fall
Department 2
Hon. David W. Reed
Department 6
Hon. Paul K. Richardson
Department 7
Hon. Janet Gaard
Department 8
Hon. Janene B. Beronio
Department 9
Hon. J. Kent O’Mara
Department 10
Hon. Samuel T. McAdam
Department 14
Hon. Daniel P. Maguire
Department 15
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David Greenwald of People’s Vanguard of Davis Hereby Asked to Disclose Reason Your Publication VANGUARD COURT WATCH Did Not- Does Not Cover Matter of Ryan Clifford v. UC Davis [TLR Note: VANGUARD COURT WATCH lack of coverage in matters of Clifford v. UC Davis and separate events dealing with unlawful pretextual search of home of YR and seizure of all CaliforniaALL financial scheme related materials by armed posse from Yolo County District Attorney is viewed by The Leslie Brodie Report as strong circumstantial evidence David Greenwald reporting is suspect, compromised! ; Greenwald connections to UC Davis and/or Judge Dave Rosenberg?]

The Leslie Brodie Report obtained the following search results from Google:

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In Re CaliforniaALL financial scheme, Yolo DA, YR, below:

I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

 

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alliance of California Judges on Secrecy Surrounding Judicial Council of California; Addenda to JNC Cabal — California Judicial Council Member Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court ; Matter of State Bar of California v. Clint Parish [TLR Note: In re vindictive prosecution of Clint Parish, many (including YR) speculate JC member Judge Dave Rosenberg (appointed by Tani per instructions from George) behind complaint filed with Cal Bar against Parish. Given Rosneberg’s own misconduct in resorting to sending “Robo-Calls” and a threat against Parish, one can’t escape thoughts Parish reference to Judge Dan Maguire as “bagman” of Schwarzenegger touched raw nerve with Rosenberg — who acted in a similar role (i.e. conduit) for Gov. Gray Davis. Per sources, it was Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese who caused the appointment of Maguire to Schwarzenegger’s legal team. During Schwarzenegger’s tenure, Ronald George / Tom Girardi / Howard Miller / Tom Layton monopolized judicial appointments by feeding Sharon Major-Lewis names of acceptable prospective judicial candidates ]

Part 1 of JNC CABAL, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/uc-regent-ronald-stovitz-in-addendum-to-richard-blum-regent-of-the-university-of-california-and-husband-of-united-states-senator-from-california-dianne-feinstein-tlr-note-1-stovitz-former-jud/

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Alliance of California Judges on Secrecy Surrounding Judicial Council of California

Dear Members and Others,

We attach articles by Cheryl Miller of the Recorder and Maria Dinzeo of the Courthouse News.

Cheryl Miller’s article details the secrecy surrounding many important decisions made by branch leaders. She points out the obvious disconnect between the courts’ consistent enforcement of the constitutional mandate favoring disclosure and the continued lack of access to Judicial Council decision making.

In that regard, several months ago the Alliance requested that Justice Douglas Miller, Chairman of the powerful Judicial Council Rules Committee, open up the proceedings wherein recommendations from the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee were to be discussed and voted on. Of course our request was denied and what we believed would happen has occurred. While the Council appeared to “adopt” all recommendations, the report’s recommendations are on a slow track to nowhere. Because of this cloak of secrecy surrounding Justice Miller’s committee we are left to speculate as to what did or did not occur.

Maria Dinzeo’s article highlights the wisdom of allowing our local court experts to come up with a common sense and cost effective solution to the need for case management computer programs. Rather than reinventing the wheel, these competent IT professionals have identified three vendors who can provide courts with off-the-shelf computer programs that best fit their needs.

Meanwhile the Judicial Council has gathered many of the same folks involved in the disastrous half-billion dollar CCMS project to make recommendations on court technology. Rest assured that the Alliance and the Legislature will carefully monitor Council involvement in IT projects and insist that no more precious court dollars be wasted on unreliable, untested and expensive technology that the courts do not want or need.

Lastly, for those of you attending this coming weekend’s educational conference in Palo Alto, we look forward to seeing you and hearing what your thoughts are on the issues affecting our branch. We also wish to thank those of you who have voluntarily contributed to the Alliance. We are gratified to inform you that we have sufficient funding to lease office space and pay for clerical support for this year’s legislative session.

Directors,
Alliance of California Judges

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/02/26/discussion-on-private-committees-court-case-mangement-systems/

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STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA V. CLINT PARISH

There’s a lot going on in California in terms of preparation by various parties for fast approaching adversarial legal proceedings involving California State Bar Court Judge Patrice McElroy.

First, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that the frivolous and politically motivated prosecution by the State Bar of California against  former Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish has been assigned to be adjudicated by Judge McElroy.

Clint Parish
Clinton E. Parish, 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent — Judge Dan Maguire — in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.

Case Name:     Parish, Clinton Edward
Case Number:     12-O-15242
Member #:    211982
Venue:     SF
Status:     Open
Case Filed:     02/12/2013
Counsel:    Pro Per
Deputy Trial Counsel:    Robert A. Henderson
Assigned Judge: Patrice McElroy
Next Scheduled Event:    Status Conference 03/25/2013

The State Bar of California maintains that “Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience. ”

According to Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”), he is “shocked and disappointed” by the prosecution of Clint Parish and surrounding circumstances.

YR stated: “As a resident of Yolo County, I was exposed to the campaign material of both Parish and Judge Dan Maguire — who is by all accounts, a gentleman.”

“The circulated political propaganda made it very clear that Parish is a prosecutor and not a judge, and as such, I was never led to believe that Parish had prior judicial experience, as the State Bar falsely alleges.  Any other unfortunate alleged misstatements concerning Judge Maguire were the fault of Parish’s campaign manager, and once those alleged inaccuracies were brought to the attention of Parish, he immidetly disavowed them,” YR continued.

“At the risk of sounding kitschy, everyone needs to remember that we don’t live in an error-free world, and I call on the person who filed the complaint against Clint Parish with the State Bar of California to withdraw it —  be it, as I speculate, Judge Dave Rosenberg or our spineless DA Jeff Reisig,” YR concluded.

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

Second, at least two (2) other planned adversarial proceedings relating to Judge McElroy’s misconduct as it relates to Ronald Gottschalk – Thomas Girardi’s former co-counsel in class-action litigation and current nemesis – will be addressed in a Kastigar Evidentiary Hearing/ Brady Evidence, as well as a separate civil suit naming Judge McElroy and alleged cousin, Leslie McElroy.

As was previously reported, Mr. Ronald Gottschalk and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi (husband of singer Erika Jayne aka Erika Girardi) were co-counsel representing plaintiffs in various actions. Once a dispute erupted between Gottschalk and Girardi, the State Bar of California came knocking on Gottschalk’s door.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/03/01/breaking-news-corrupt-judge-patrice-mcelroy-assigned-to-vindictive-matter-of-state-bar-of-california-v-clint-parish-15580685/

Davis Vanguard’s David Greenwald Commentary on State Bar of California Prosecution of Clint Parish ; More on Background Data on Judge Dave Rosenberg and Wife Lea Rosenberg ; Errata Re Judge Rosenberg [TLR Note: Data in re Judge Rosenberg and distinguished wife Lea Rosenberg for background purposes and cross-reference of information only i.e. to ascertain whether any wrongdoer may be “pulling a Werdegar” i.e. various parties bestowed benefits on spouse of AJ Kathryn Werdegar (David Werdegar’s Institute on Aging). In re Rosenbergs, an “intense” inquiry is being re-conducted, again, by YR especially due to 1) recent revelations implicating UC Davis MIND Institute’s Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property in CalALL scheme 2) re-examining Judge Rosenberg’s connection to UC Davis, Cruz Reynoso. Generally speaking, since CalALL financial scheme involved UC Irvine Foundation’s Joe Dunn and Mark Robinson — entire UC system is presumed hostile to YR. Otherwise, ceteris paribus, Rosenbergs first-class citizens with unparalleled contributions to Yolo County)

Clinton Parish showed appallingly poor judgment last year in authorizing attacks against incumbent Judge Dan Maguire.  Even if those attacks had been accurate, it is questionable for one to play that sort of politics in a judicial race that is supposed to be about experience and neutrality, not politics.

How easily the charges were systematically dismantled under the least amount of inquiry, however, casts the situation in a very different light.  It calls into question Mr. Parish’s ability not only to be a judge, but also to be a prosecuting attorney.  After all, if you cast baseless charges against your political opponent, why would you not cast the same charges against a poor, defenseless defendant?

It is for those reasons, I think, that most people think Clinton Parish deserves whatever punishment befalls him by the State Bar.  And, while disbarment is unlikely, it is not necessarily unwarranted.

Please continue @:

http://davisvanguard.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6137:commentary-making-an-example-of-clinton-parish&catid=74:court-watch&Itemid=100

 

Errata– Judge Rosenberg No Longer Presiding Judge of Yolo County

The Yolo Superior Court announced that the Steven M. Basha has been elected to serve as presiding judge upon the completion by current presiding judge David R. Rosenberg of his term on September 15, 2012.

Rosenberg has served for more than four years as presiding fudge with his term extended to permit him to fulfill his statewide responsibilities as Chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. Those responsibilities end on September 15.

Basha is the current assistant presiding judge and has been responsible for the day-to-day judicial oversight of the Yolo Superior Court since January 1, 2012. In addition to the election of Basha as presiding judge, the Yolo Superior Court judges elected Kathleen M. White to be the assistant presiding judge, also effective September 15, 2012.

Source @:

http://woodlandrecord.com/basha-elected-as-presiding-judge-p2814-128.htm

 

Lea Rosenberg is a community activist currently serving as Co-President of Soroptimist International of Davis, Noble Grand (President) of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, and as a member of the Board of the Yolo County SPCA. Lea has opened her home to innumerable arts, education, political, charitable, and community events over the years.

Lea Rosenberg formerly served as President of the University Farm Circle, President of the Davis Art Center, President of the Davis PTA Council, President of the Davis School Arts Foundation, and Treasurer for numerous successful local political campaigns. She has been honored as Davis Citizen of the Year (the Covell Award). Lea Rosenberg has been chosen four times in an annual poll of readers of the Davis Enterprise as “Most Dedicated Community Volunteer.” She is a member of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, previously having served as Treasurer and as a Trustee of the Lodge, and having been chosen in 2006 as the “Member of the Year.” Currently, she serves as one of the three Trustees of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, and also serves as one of six board members of the Hall Board Association of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges, managing all property of the two Lodges. She has served as a long-time member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. She also served for five years as a member of the Yolo County Fair Board of Directors, having been appointed to that position by the Governor of California.

She is married to Judge David Rosenberg, has two adult children (Jason and Janis) and one grandson (Jonathon). Lea is also Davis’ foremost Avon Lady, having been selected to the Avon President’s Club for over 26 years.

Lea is also an Avon Representative

Source @:

http://daviswiki.org/Lea_Rosenberg

More Background Data on Judge David Rosenberg (aka Dave Rosenberg) of Yolo County Superior Court: Pepperfield Stores, LLC and Yolo Lodge No. 169, Independent Order of Odd Fellows [TLR NOTE: Per YR, given Judge Rosenberg links to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye / Howard Dickstein in the context of “highly disquieting” surrounding circumstances, we must know all that needs to be known about him. Be it as it may, YR further cautions “the average garden variety” parties appearing before him need not be concern whether he lacks integrity or otherwise “unfair.” The inquiry into Rosenberg is fact specific based on both subjective and objective opinions — i.e. attorneys at nationally renowned law-firms who independently opined “somebody” had to “clear the way” for the execution of the search warrant / unlawful seizure of all CaliforniaALL related materials from home of YR]

David Rosenberg, President

Yolo Lodge No. 169, Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Please see @:
http://www.corporationwiki.com/California/Davis/yolo-lodge-no-169-independent-order-of-odd-fellows/44626536.aspx

Pepperfield Stores, LLC

Pepperfield Stores, LLC has a location in Davis, CA. Active officers include David Rosenberg and Lea Rosenberg. Pepperfield Stores, LLC filed as a Domestic on Monday, January 08, 2007 in the state of California and is currently active. Lea Rosenberg serves as the registered agent for this organization.The company’s line of business includes Real Estate Investment. (emphasis added)

Please see @:

http://www.corporationwiki.com/California/Davis/pepperfield-stores-llc/47115555.aspx

(TLR Note: Real Estate Investment — Mark Friedman ??? )

The Leslie Brodie Report’s Search Terms for Period Ending on February, 4 2013 (TLR Note: Notice highly suspicious search for “kathleen lipscomb murder” )

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Dan Dydzak — Esteemed Legal Scholar and Champion of Justice — Hereby Asked to Disclose All Facts Relating to Relationship Between Darrell Steinberg of CaliforniaALL , Steinberg’s Assistant — Prominent Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers; and Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County in Context of Pressing False Criminal Charges by, Among Others , BOG Member Dennis Mangers and Subsequent Unlawful Search & Seizure of Alleged Confidential Communication Between Dydzak and YR

Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (image: courtesy photo)

Darrell Steinberg, as part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council, see below:

 California ALL Advisory Council

Dennis Mangers

Mr. Dennis Mangers (image: courtesy photo)

GGodfather Dennis Mangers of Carmichael, California is a retired senior adviser to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who made the decision to appoint Dennis Mangers as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors in September of 2010, please see @:

http://www.calbarjournal.com/September2010/TopHeadlines/th9.aspx

 

Dennis Mangers, as co-conspirator in a scheme to file false criminal charges against Yolo County-based Rabbi, see below:

I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

 

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source @:

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

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

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Judicial Council Watcher Lashes Out at Yolo’s Dave Rosenberg [TLR Note: DR now under greater scrutiny in NO PC Warrant as recent EXIF Data obtains from Matkins proves beyond doubt JC’s Robinson of UCI Foundation (as is Dunn) part of embezzlement scheme]

We call Judge Rosenberg our favorite hockey puck because much like a hockey puck, he doesn’t seem to know what side he’s on. Today we’re in receipt of a second non-credible Paul Jones article featuring Dave Rosenberg. Paul Jones works for Daily Journal Corporation, the same Daily Journal Corporation that collects millions from the AOC every year to maintain Sustain. So when we see an article that looks a bit suspicious, we rely upon our media company’s guidance and take serious our obligation to gather more information and if it warrants we’ll either expand on the story or cry foul.

This time it will be the latter.

Unlike the Daily Journal Corporation, we have no connection to and therefore are not beholden to anyone in California’s judicial branch. Unlike other media, we don’t fear a loss of judicial access because we have direct rank-and-file access to the people that work with and surround our judges and justices on a daily basis.

Ever since the days of Amy Yarborough who did a few hard hitting pieces on the AOC, the Daily Journal Corporation appears to be selling out to the AOC. In an apparent effort to protect and preserve their income stream, they’ve released several one-sided articles of a questionable nature.  The ones we’re crying foul on today are two articles done by both Paul Jones featuring  ACJ  & Judicial Council  member Judge Dave Rosenberg.

In both of these articles, Dave is crying foul and complaining that the Alliance of California Judges isn’t a democratic institution and that they don’t practice what they preach. Paul Jones alleges in his articles for whatever reason that the Alliance of California Judges has no comment with respect to Rosenberg’s allegations. So we sent out a few emails seeking to find out more information about the latest Paul Jones article where Judge Rosenberg is complaining that he did not have the opportunity to elect the President, the treasurer or the secretary and that the ACJ does not practice what it preaches with respect to (Judicial Council) Democratization.

Without going further we would first question the merits of his argument.

A private organization promoting democracy isn’t democratic so why should a public entity be democratic?

Is crack cocaine a problem in Yolo county or does that argument come from smoking cow pies?

Nonetheless, we chose to pursue the story. Partly because we were afraid our hip-waders weren’t quite deep enough to trudge through that B.S. but mostly because the claim rings hollow. As you might already know, we’re real sticklers when it comes to hypocrisy and if we see hypocrisy we’re not about to brush it aside. It’s just too juicy for us to resist.

To become a member of the ACJ, Rosenberg sent an email. He wasn’t asked to pay any membership fees, he was just asked to send an email to become a member because that is all that is required. Judge Rosenberg has let one thing be clear. He’s made it abundantly clear that he wishes to preserve the status quo and his big fish in a small pond status. Now for our part, we already picked a few good articles and took a few goes at big Dave, most notably in our articles “Judge Rosenberg takes the point and is picked off” and “The Rosenberg Rebuttal – By Judge Robert Dukes“ Having his big fish small pond opinion snuffed out twice, he took to hiding behind paid publications mistakenly assuming he is out of our reach.

Sorry Dave.
 
Well, not really.

In about three hours, we received all of the answers to our email. If only Judge Rosenberg or Paul Jones had sent an email, they might have likely got the same replies we did. We sought to clarify Judge Rosenberg’s allegations about the ACJ being a non-democratic institution with its members unable to vote, voice concern, choose members or steer policy.

Frankly, we would suggest that if he needs an organization to manipulate, he need only keep his dues paid at the CJA. (yeah –  low blow – sorry CJA)

In response to how the new executive positions in the ACJ came to be, we received this reply and frankly, it seems like a democratic process to us but hey, you be the judge and tell us if it makes sense and sounds like a democratic process of a private organization to you.

When we reviewed this reply, the first thing that popped in our head was a Nancy Pelosi wanting to join the conservative coalition or Glenn Beck wanting to join moveon.org.

Sure, you can join, but you don’t share the same views or values as the rest of them so you’re probably not going to be that big fish and it’s going to be an unfriendly pond.

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The Alliance of California Judges was formed on September 11, 2009. Thereafter, we became a private 501(c)(6) mutual benefit corporation.

Our original directors were chosen upon our formation. Since that time, several more directors have been added to increase the size and geographical diversity of our board. In each instance, this was by a vote of the board of directors. All of our directors have been elected from those who have expressed a willingness and desire to serve, and each has demonstrated a commitment to the goals of the Alliance. At this point, no one who has expressed interest in serving has been denied that opportunity, though of course private organizations are free to organize their governance structures in any way they see fit and in a manner that ensures that the goals of the organization are best served.

Fortunately, we have had no difficulty in identifying individuals who have a proven track record of speaking out against waste and abuse. Any active judge is free to join the Alliance, including those who who do not actively support the goals of the organization. However, those individuals would understandably not be likely to seek, nor be asked to assume, a leadership position.

We are a grass roots voluntary association, operated pursuant to our bylaws. We welcome all judges as members and we urge them all to become more involved in the organization. Directors are all full-time judges and justices, who work incredibly long hours at their jobs and then volunteer hundreds more hours each year on their own time. To this point, nearly every director has incurred considerable expenses for which no reimbursement has been requested or paid, as we do not have a mandatory dues schedule, though we do accept voluntary non-tax deductible donations. Unlike the Judicial Council, we are not a public agency and we are not able to establish and fund an administrative staff with taxpayer money.

The Alliance directors met at our annual meeting on December 11, 2012, and voted to install Judge Steve White as president. Judge Lampe was gracious enough to continue on as executive director. Directors may resign or be chosen to join the board, as needed, and the board has never failed to consider input from any member with respect to the leadership and direction of the association.

Source@: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/democracy-paul-jones-a… 

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Related stories :  

EXIF Data, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/12/17/disgraced-federal-judge-morrison-en…

 

Mark Robinson, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/mark-robinson/

 

Allen Matkins, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/allen-matkins/

 

CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

 

No probable cause search warrant (whereas Judge Dave Rosenberg is under scrutiny for “clearing the way”), please see @:

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

 

 

 

Meet “Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club”

Over 70 years ago a vision came to a handful of Los Angeles Police Officers. This vision, with the support and involvement of the Chief of Police, who was at that time James Davis, was to establish an organized training program for every Los Angeles Police Officer. A secure location in the Elysian Park, Chavez Ravine area was identified. Land permits were obtained from the city to occupy over 20 acres, and the Los Angeles Police Pistol Club (now known as the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) was founded. The year was 1931 and this was the beginning of police training for the Los Angeles Police Department.

In its initial phases, the LAPRAAC was only concerned with marksmanship (shooting) and standardizing the weaponry to be used by LAPD officers. This training was performed by off duty LAPRAAC members. Being a sworn LAPD officer was a requirement for membership in LAPRAAC. However, to be elected by the membership body. Also, at that time, LAPRAAC directors could only come from the LAPD Pistol Team. As the years progressed, a symbiotic relationship developed between the City and LAPRAAC to provide training and recreational facilities for sworn (training & recreational) and civilian (training) members of the police department. Buildings and equipment that were acquired by LAPRAAC from the 1932 United States Olympic Organizing Committee came into use for training purposes (LAPRAAC was the pistol venue site for the 1932 Olympic Games). As LAPRAAC continued to grow and become active in the sparsely residential area of Chavez Ravine, an elderly lady resident became a LAPRAAC benefactor. She deeded 3.7 acres of land to LAPRAAC that is now the tiered parking lot, from the west curb, west, to beyond the hillside obstacle course. Included in this transaction was the meridian of land adjacent to and south of the main administration building.

As the years progressed, police officers became more and more involved in the maintenance of the Academy grounds. There was a time when the entire staff including cooks and gardeners, were sworn police officers. Trustees also assisted a great deal in the maintenance of the Academy grounds. Trustees and off duty LAPRAAC members were responsible for building the beautiful Rock Garden, which is now a city historical landmark on the Academy grounds.

Enter Training Division The LAPRAAC continued to grow and become more and more involved in the training of LAPD officers. All training at this time was performed by off-duty LAPRAAC members. The importance of police officer training became obvious and the LAPD (City of Los Angeles) took it upon themselves to move Training Division into the LAPRAAC facility. The year was 1936. It was at this point in time that a relationship between LAPRAAC and the City of Los Angeles was established. Handshake agreements were made by both parties that in effect, the City would take over all police officer training and LAPRAAC would permit the City to use all of it’s available building. In return, the city took on the responsibility of grounds keeping, maintenance, and facility security. The LAPRAAC bylaws were amended to include the Commanding Officer of Training Division as the Operations Officer of LAPRAAC. This gave the city a voice in LAPRAAC operations. The spirit of cooperation that exits between Training Division and LAPRAAC has been cultivated for more than 70 years.

LAPRAAC Income LAPRAAC is a private club governed by a Board of Directors who are sworn police officers elected by the membership. The Board is responsible to the Bylaws of the LAPRAAC organization and to the membership. LAPRAAC enjoys a tax exempt status 4 of the tax code. Another responsibility of the Board of Directors is the financial solvency of LAPRAAC. The LAPRAAC income is derived from the Academy Store (gift shop), cafe lounge, and facility rental for movie projects, recreations, and retirement parties, etc. The majority of income is produced by the academy store sales and from a nominal voluntary membership dues structure.

Building Ownership Initially LAPRAAC obtained some of the buildings from the 1932 Olympic Organizing Committee (buildings that were brought over from the Olympic Village which was located in the Baldwin Hills). LAPRAAC has continued to add building and large classroom space in an effort to facilitate Training Divisions growth. LAPRAAC owns all structures except:

  1. The Women’s Locker Room located adjacent to the swimming pool (Franchon Blake Building).
  2. The Situation Simulator Building located immediately North of the pistol/target range.
  3. One – half of the office space of the combat range.
  4. The evidence bunkers located on the property.

The Finance Committee of LAPRAAC are the trustees of the Academy Trust Fund which allowed money earned from the television shows Dragnet and Adam 12 to be donated to LAPRAAC. This money was to be used to assist in the training of police officers. Construction of the Mark VII Building and the Jack Webb Building was financed with money from the Academy Trust Fund (approximately $500,000).

Land Rites – – Simplified At one time, the LAPRAAC/Academy was located within the boundaries of Elysian Park. However, a ballot measure in 1972 removed the property from the jurisdiction of Parks and Recreation Department and gave it to the management of the Department of Public Works.

Other LAPRAAC Functions LAPRAAC was originally founded in the early 1939’s to:

  1. Provide police marksmanship (shooting) and general training
  2. Provide the membership a Club atmosphere for relaxation and socialization. The relaxation and socialization came in the form of sporting events. Baseball, basketball, handball, and volleyball were the events of the day.

Source: http://www.lapraac.com/about.php

Alliance of California Judges Assails Tani Cantil-Sakauye Selective Selection Process (TLR Note: Diversity Anyone? Notice Persistent Presence of Nefarious Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court)

It should come as no surprise that when a working group is formed (the Judicial Council and the AOC’s favorite sleight-of-hand gesture at addressing anything) that it would be the loyal soldiers of the Chief Justice that would be getting the nod to speak with one voice. Most of these loyalists have been in the judicial branch for less than 10 years themselves so they have an ideal point of reference to make recommendations and discuss the impact on a law that is 15 years old.

While we feel that such a group has no relevance at the discussion table because they lack a frame of reference, apparently our Chief Justice feels differently.

Of course, items that probably won’t come up for discussion are things like committing 1.8 billion dollars to one courthouse over the course of 35 years while two dozen other courthouses and well over 200 courtrooms are mothballed across the state.

Maybe they will not bring up how hundred thousand dollar embezzlements in the AOC go unprosecuted and how that might affect judicial branch efficiencies by sending a clear, unambiguous message that anything goes with the publics money.

Or maybe they will not bring up how centralization has brought us $2,000.00 light bulbs, $409.00 clock batteries and unlicensed contractors maintaining every courthouse from the Oregon border to the Mexican border. But they weren’t really unlicensed. A sham lawsuit wherein if they lose, they are innocent of the crime and if they win, they are guilty of committing numerous crimes proved that!

Please continue @: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

 

October 16, 2012Dear Members and Others,

We include an article by reporter Cheryl Miller concerning the creation by the Governor of a working group which will evaluate the 15-year-old State Trial Court Funding Act.

The Chief Justice has selected the following justices, judges and others to represent the judicial branch on this committee: Justice Harry Hull, Los Angeles attorney Angela Davis, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Mary Ann O’Malley, Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg and Santa Clara Superior Court Executive Officer David Yamasaki. You should note that all of these appointees are also current hand-selected members of the Judicial Council.

Since the demise of the AOC E-News we believe it is important to keep you apprised of current events affecting the judicial branch. Please feel free to forward this along to your colleagues.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

Source: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

As mentioned recently, following on the heels of allegations of duplicity and manipulations by Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court, Judicial Council Watcher now promises to further expose his past misdeeds.

Specifically, Judicial Council Watcher stated: “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. “

Recently, Judge Daniel Goldstein of San Diego commented with some disbelief on the judges who voted for supporting reform.  He called Rosenberg’s methodology for counting the vote “erroneous.”

Commentators on Judicial Council Watcher were similarly taken aback by Rosenberg’s antics. The OBT wrote: Judge Rosenberg aka Judge Rosenblab , who our CJ appointed to the JC is out only for himself. His misuse of his position as Chair of the Presiding Judges group is “transparent” . Thanks to Presiding Judges Earl,Ellsworth and Judge Goldstein for seeking to do what is right and calling him on his blatant attempts at obfuscation. Said obfuscation only allows the JC to delay the reforms the SEC report makes clear are necessary.The bottom line is we need to implement the SEC report recommendations and move on to see that the branch works for the benefit of the public we serve.We need to pass 1208 and democratize the JC to avoid the mess we are now mired in.

 

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

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

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

 Ruthe Ashley

Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley (Image:courtesy photo)

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

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

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

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

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

Ruthe Catolico Ashley ; CaliforniaALL; Obama for America

 

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

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

 

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

 

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

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

 

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


 

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

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

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

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

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

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

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

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

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

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

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

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

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

 

dla

 

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

 

Occupancy 990 of California ALL

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Senator Joseph Dunn

 

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

 

SAL Our Work

 

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

 

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

 

 

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

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

 

UCI SAL

 

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

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

Ruthe Ashley Letter of Resignation

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

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

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

 

Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

: Ruthe Ashley

Ms. Ruth Catolico Ashley (Image:courtesy photo)

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

 

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

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

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

 

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


 

 

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

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

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

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

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

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of California

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Allegations of Duplicity, Manipulation Leveled Against Dave Rosenberg — Presiding Judge of the Yolo County Superior Court

In the aftermath of a report from the Strategic Evaluation Committee which blasted the Administrative Office of the Courts for hiding its finances and number of employees, as well as exercising a “culture of control” over the state’s trial courts, some people in California’s judicial circles are skeptical about a recent survey sent out by Presiding Judge David Rosenberg of Yolo County.

According to Courthouse News Service: “The manner in which he (Judge Rosenberg) was interpreting the results were seen as an attempt to dilute the hard-hitting conclusions of the SEC report and protect the administrative office from the sweeping changes recommended in the report.”

Judge Daniel Goldstein of San Diego commented with some disbelief on the judges who voted for supporting reform “in principle” but voted against reform at “all deliberate speed.”

“Who voted against implementing remedies against waste, mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer dollars? That’s what’s striking,” he said. “That a presiding judge would vote against saving their budget and stopping waste, mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer dollars, that’s amazing.”

He called Rosenberg’s methodology for counting the vote “erroneous.”

Please see complete story @: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/19/47609.htm

Commentators on Judicial Council Watcher were similarly taken aback by Rosenberg’s antics. The OBT wrote: Judge Rosenberg aka Judge Rosenblab , who our CJ appointed to the JC is out only for himself. His misuse of his position as Chair of the Presiding Judges group is “transparent” . Thanks to Presiding Judges Earl,Ellsworth and Judge Goldstein for seeking to do what is right and calling him on his blatant attempts at obfuscation. Said obfuscation only allows the JC to delay the reforms the SEC report makes clear are necessary.The bottom line is we need to implement the SEC report recommendations and move on to see that the branch works for the benefit of the public we serve.We need to pass 1208 and democratize the JC to avoid the mess we are now mired in.

 

Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein — Ally of Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg /Client of Keker & Van Nest — Named Defendant in Civil Suit As Scrutiny of Jon Streeter – PG & E Intensifies

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

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

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

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

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

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

While the suit was pending, further allegations of grave misconduct were leveled against Dickstein and his attorneys of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest including claims that evidence was “manufactured.” Later, Dickstein and his lawyers of Keker & Van Nest (presumably, John Keker, Elliot Peters, and Jon Streeter) falsely advertised and misled the public into believing that the Yocha Dehe tribe had only sued Dickstein for conduct which was “negligent” in nature. Dickstein and his legal team neglected to reference the allegations of defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade through fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion, breaches of fiduciary duties, and misrepresentations which the tribe had leveled against their own attorney.

In nearby Placer County, situated between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln, 50 miles east of Yolo County, where the United Auburn Indian Community operates the Thunder Valley Casino, allegations of greed and betrayal were also leveled against Howard Dickstein by the former chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, the Honorable Jessica Tavares and long-time tribal council member Dolly Suehead.

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

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

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

Davis Vanguard’s David Greenwald Avers Yolo County Judge Dave Rosenberg ‘Phlegm Comment’ Not Towards Clint Parish

Replying to TLR previously published article which stated:

“A recent controversy concerning a mailer sent by the Clint Parish’s campaign which sought to portray Judge Maguire as Arnold Schwarzenegger “bagman,” and being part of Schwarzenegger’s “inner circle” which recommended the release of convicted murderer Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez — a highly perturbed Judge Rosenberg launched an unprecedented attack on Parish.  This, despite knowing full well that California Canons of Judicial Ethics permit a judicial officers to only “endorse” candidates for judicial office.

Specifically, and consistent with his new role, Judge Rosenberg resorted to sending a robocall out to many voters “to set the record straight” of what he called, “a nasty political hit piece” which “contains flat out lies and deceptions about a highly respected Judge here in Yolo County, Judge Dan Maguire.”

Judge Rosenberg also promised to retaliate against Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him. “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant,” Rosenberg stated.”

David Greenwald of online publication DavisVanguard wrote to us with the following comment:

I was the reporter who first got that statement out of Judge Rosenberg.
In context, it was not a threat to retaliate but rather a comment that
the attack piece would backfire with respect to the electorate.  A
comment that proved very accurate.

David

The Leslie Brodie Report thanks Mr. Greenwald for his comment — content of which is in desperate need of clarification.

While during an interview with Greenwald, Judge David Rosenberg uttered the following:

 “Frankly, I’m saddened to see a hit piece like this in a non-partisan judicial race,” Judge Rosenberg told the Vanguard.  “The mailer by Mr. Parish is full of falsehoods and distortions.  It doesn’t deal with any issue of relevance to the judicial race.”  He said, “It’s just phlegm aimed at a decent, hard-working and honorable man – Judge Dan Maguire.  This is disturbing conduct by someone who wants to be a Judge.”

See source @

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id…:presiding-judge-rosenberg-laments-the-change-in-tenor-of-judicial-race&catid

In a separate interview with Sacramento Bee’s Darrell Smith , Judge Dave Rosenberg uttered the  thinly veiled threat against Parish– alluded to in TLR’s original story —  to wit:

“This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant,” Rosenberg said. “It’s beneath the dignity of a candidate for judge.”

Please see @:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/16/4492885/candidates-mailer-in-yolo-judges.html

Dave Rosenberg — Presiding Judge, Yolo County Superior Court,”Ally” of Howard Dickstein, De-Facto Campaign Manager of Judge Dan Maguire — Hereby Asked to Admit Involvement in Unlawful/Retaliatory Search Warrant Re Howard Dickstein’s Spouse, Joe Dunn

Please see references to search warrant executed on YR at end of article which was originally published on June of 2003, below:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, the California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time.

 

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

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

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

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Fogel vs. Farmers Group, Inc, please see @

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

AND @

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

AND @

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

AND @:

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

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

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

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

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

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UC davis law student Sarah Granda, please see @:

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

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Summary, please see @:

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

Howard Dickstein (Corrupted Gambling Esq) Dave Rosenberg (Yolo County Judge) Ties Runs Deep : Rosenberg Ally of Dickstein (Note:Cabal Seeks to Crucify Rabbi of Yolo who Exposed Dickstein, In Re Girardi, Dunn, English,CCPF,CaliforniaALL,Geoffrey Brown)

The San Diego Union – Tribune – Jul 26, 2003

“She will step into the role that David Rosenberg has played as the governor’s point … at least one Rosenberg ally, prominent tribal attorney Howard Dickstein. ”

Correction: Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg / Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire / Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish

In TLR’s recently published article concering Yolo County Judge Dave Rosenberg inappropriate conduct (see http://tinyurl.com/cbx26cb ), we erroneously stated  “Judge Rosenberg also promised to retaliate against Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him. This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.”

In fact, what we should have written is  “Judge Rosenberg also promised to retaliate against Parish by issuing a thinly veiled threat against him, to wit: This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.”

 

Clint Parish — Yolo County Deputy District Attorney — Hereby Asked to Opine On Presiding Judge Dave Rosenberg Inappropriate Role As Political Advocate of Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a controversy, Mr. Clint Parish — Yolo County Deputy District Attorney — is hereby being  asked to opine whether Yolo County Presiding Judge Dave Rosenberg highly inappropriate role as spokesperson/political advocate of Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire — may be in violation of California’s  Cannon of Judicial Ethics

Specifically, in response to a recent controversy concerning a mailer sent by the Clint Parish’s campaign which sought to portray Judge Maguire as Arnold Schwarzenegger “bagman,” and being part of Schwarzenegger’s “inner circle” which recommended the release of convicted murderer Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez — a highly perturbed Judge Rosenberg launched an unprecedented attack on Parish.  This, despite knowing full well that California Canons of Judicial Ethics permit a judicial officers to only “endorse” candidates for judicial office.

Specifically, and consistent with his new role, Judge Rosenberg resorted to sending a robocall out to many voters “to set the record straight” of what he called, “a nasty political hit piece” which “contains flat out lies and deceptions about a highly respected Judge here in Yolo County, Judge Dan Maguire.”

Judge Rosenberg also promised to retaliate against Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him. “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant,” Rosenberg stated.

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

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

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