Panama Papers: An L.A. Connection


 

An International Consortium of Investigative Journalists data base reveals a Los Angeles connection to the Panama Papers.  The Shafrir Family Trust — of Amiram “Ami” and Sarit Shafrir — government witnesses in the prosecution of Tony Pellicano and his co-defendants, is among the entities listed in the data base.

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Ami Shafrir was last known to be in the Philippines; some describe his departure there as having “fled” there.  The Shafrir Family Trust was set up in the Cook Islands:

Shafrir Family Trust 2_001Cook Islands trusts are highly desirable because if you get sued in the United States for fraudulent transfer, by the time the case is over and you get an American judgment, the statute of limitations to get a “sister state judgment” in the Cook Islands will have expired.  During the Pellicano case I also learned of allegations that a certain former California State Bar President set up a Cook Islands Trust for a group including the Shafrirs and a certain prime minister of another nation.   That the Shafrir Family Trust was located there as well lends credence to this revelation from the Panama Papers.

If any of my readers have information about the Shafrirs, Portcullis Trustnet, or the Master Client and Trustee involved, Raiskin & Revitz and Trustcorp Limited respectively, please contact me at whistleblower@janbtucker.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alphonse F. Provinziano and the Credibility of Attorneys


 

Attorney Anthony Provinziano seems to think he is a “top lawyer.” He boasts on his website that:

 

Attorney Alphonse F. Provinziano "top lawyer???????"

Attorney Alphonse F. Provinziano “top lawyer???????”

We are a boutique law firm of top lawyers and legal professionals dedicated to giving our clients excellent service and aggressive advocacy. The Provinziano Legal Team is client focused giving each client customized, individual attention, specifically tailored to his or her unique matter.

Here are the lawyers listed on his letterhead as his associates and their dates of admittance to the State Bar:

Baruch Yosef Kreiman 12/02/15
Curtis A. Gole 12/01/15
Maria E. Azcueta 06/04/15
Ninel Kocharyan (mis-spelled on Provinziano’s letterhead as “Kochrayian” implying that she is of Armenian Lebanese or Iranian extraction as opposed to Armenia or Russian Armenian, who usually transliterate their names with “yan” endings to their surnames) 12/03/14

Wow! These attorneys must be the TOPPEST! Like, how do you become a “top” lawyer in less than less than three (3) years?

Provinziano boasts that he is a former San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney…..well, yeah, for all of two (2) years, 2005-2007. Who on Earth becomes a D.D.A. for two years? Somebody who can’t cut it in the department, that’s who. Maybe his leaving in 2007 had something to do with his own disastrous marriage….

In Case No. FAMVS802576 (filed in 2008) of the San Bernardino Superior Court, Provinziano sought a domestic violence restraining order (with children involved) against his spouse, amongst other things. There are of course two-sides told in court to every domestic violence story especially when it’s the male accusing the female. I’m waiting with baited breath to see the court documents on this case and will add the details when I obtain them. Also consider that by the time you wind up in divorce court, your marital problems have been building perhaps for years: were Provinziano’s marital difficulties building up while he was a Deputy D.A.? Was he let go or told to leave because they were affecting his work? Inquiring minds want to know.

Then there was his Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing in 2012. What was that all about?

Bottom line, does this sound like the record of a “top lawyer” to you?

Section 6128(a) Business & Professions Code states:

“Every attorney is guilty of a misdemeanor who either: (a) Is guilty of any deceit or collusion, or consents to any deceit or collusion, with intent to deceive the court or any party.”

Section 6068(d) says:

“It is the duty of an attorney to do all of the following: (d) To employ, for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to him or her those means only as are consistent with truth, and never to seek to mislead the judge or any judicial officer by an artifice or false statement of fact or law.”

Rule 5-200 of the Rules of Professional Conduct says:

In presenting a matter to a tribunal, a member:

(A) Shall employ, for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to the member such means only as are consistent with truth;

(B) Shall not seek to mislead the judge, judicial officer, or jury by an artifice or false statement of fact or law;

(C) Shall not intentionally misquote to a tribunal the language of a book, statute, or decision;

(D) Shall not, knowing its invalidity, cite as authority a decision that has been overruled or a statute that has been repealed or declared unconstitutional; and

(E) Shall not assert personal knowledge of the facts at issue, except when testifying as a witness.

Then of course there’s the State Bar Rule of Professional Conduct on advertising, Rule 1-400(D) which states in pertinent part:

A communication or a solicitation (as defined herein) shall not:

(1) Contain any untrue statement; or

(2) Contain any matter, or present or arrange any matter in a manner or format which is false, deceptive, or which tends to confuse, deceive, or mislead the public; or

(3) Omit to state any fact necessary to make the statements made, in the light of circumstances under which they are made, not misleading to the public;

Any of this sound relevant?

Now, this lawyer has been accusing a woman against whom he is litigating, to not be credible to the judge. Does that sound like the pot calling the kettle black?

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Beware of 1972 in 2016 Congressional Elections


 

In 1972, Democrat George McGovern carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia against Republican Richard Nixon but at the same time, Democrats only lost 13 House seats and gained two Senate seats.  What happened and why?

With a nominee that the Democratic establishment couldn’t stomach, they raised all their money and spent it on keeping their house majority and increasing it in the Senate.  This is likely what’s going to happen if its Hilary vs Trump for President but in the reverse.  Hilary will have no coat-tails for down-ticket Democrats the way Bernie would given the kind of support he commands, the demographics, and the poll results that predict it.  Hilary’s negatives are too big and it’s bad enough to argue she’s the lesser of two evils so vote for the other people on her ticket…..it’s a very hard sell

The Republican establishment will make the most of the situation by raising all the money they’d normally spend on the presidential race for keeping and extending their congressional majority….if they have any brains at all.  The Democrats did it in 1972 and the Republicans are capable of it in 2016, especially if the Democrats cooperate by nominating the person with the second highest negative poll ratings following Trump!

 

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Bring Hollywood Home on the Oscars 2016


 

 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS ‘SPOTLIGHTS’ THE NEED FOR REAL JOURNALISM TO INVESTIGATE THE REASONS SO MANY PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE LACK OF WORK IN HOLLYWOOD

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Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster Bob Jimenez, LA’s Austin Beutner (former publisher of the LA Times, & Sharon Hardee Jimenez Founder President Bring Hollywood Home and co-host LA Business Today 

Monday, February 29, 2016

The complexity of so called ‘racism’ in Hollywood is a very big topic.  Los Angeles Oscar broadcast 2016 focused more on allegations of racism than who won the most coveted awards in movie and film making this past year.   It was a difficult night as labels – Black – White were bantered around making viewers uncomfortable and guests at the awards even less comfortable at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

For an activist like myself, whose career from TV news, to publicist, to foundation founder, and advocate for finding solutions to the job outsourcing that has devastated LA’s creative economy, the night was unsettling.

Speaking two weeks ago to the Inglewood NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) with actress/activist Diane Ladd (3 time Oscar nominee and the winner of the British Academy Award, the big problem is a lack of productions at the studio level (the studios once made thousands of movies each year and last year made just over 6 hundred with less than one percent directed by minorities or women.)

The political woes in California are pretty straight forward.  The studios through the MPAA lobby the legislature for tax credit incentives in many states and in other countries.  A whole industry has been created that presents a very challenging business model if you are a minority or woman owned production company.  Tax credits are a ‘turn key’ to bring investors to films.   The credits provide the stability and initial investments productions need to get their bonded status so crews can begin to work.  Independent producers don’t get the tax credit incentives in California as the lawmakers keep in place a discriminatory business model that prohibits any real competition for the studios.  Add to this a history in Hollywood of blacklisting, and keeping out the movies of writers and stars who make noise about these problems, and you have a very sad picture in Hollywood in 2016.

Bring Hollywood Home set about blowing the lid off of these discriminatory problems five years ago when we created the foundation in 2010.   You would have thought we were trying to build a nuclear power plant in Hollywood the way the lawmakers circled around the studios to make sure there would be no new voices in this company town.

SPOTLIGHT

Ironically, one of the first people I met with high up in the industry to talk about the problems of lack of financing for women and minority owned productions, was the Executive Producer of the Best Picture 2016, Spotlight’s Tom Ortenberg.  I knew Tom from my role as senior advisor to US Congressman Dennis Kucinich in 2004 and 2008 when he ran as a democrat for the US presidency.  Tom had just successfully helped director Paul Haggis win a Best Picture Oscar for CRASH, a provocative movie about racial tensions in Los Angeles.  In 2010 Tom Ortenberg told me he was focusing all of his attention on Open Roads a distribution house in Hollywood.  We discussed how difficult it is to make things happen here in Tinsel Town.   Seeing Open Roads and Tom Ortenberg and the cast of Spotlight win an Oscar for exposing the story of the Boston Globe journalists who went against the powerful Catholic Church to expose the sexual exploitation of children, was a reason to have faith further investigative reporting efforts will help stop the aggressive assault on our youth from human trafficking and the pornography film genre exposing children to sexual violence everyday.     90 percent of commercial porn is made here in LA according to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Pornography films have made their way onto the Internet now exposing children as young as 9 and 10 years of age, to objectification, rape,and sexual violence.     The problem of rape made center stage at the 2016 Oscars when New York’s Lady Gaga sang about the phenomenon.  Rape is a common theme in pornography according to The National Center on Sexual Exploitation working to expose human trafficking.  The Washington DC based advocacy foundation just named a Dirty Dozen that points to the US Justice Department failure to prosecute and enforce laws upheld by the US Supreme Court on obscenity.  Indeed the 88th Academy Awards boldly confronted some of the biggest issues facing our nation and the world today.

There is extraordinary talent in Hollywood.  The major studios have created an industry that is the envy of the world.  But, it’s time to grow the industry for everyone’s benefit.  As the population of the world has exploded so should independently owned and led production companies.  Minorities and women, Black, White, Asian, Latino, and others should all have a chance to build upon the great legacies of the Hollywood Studios.  Expanding the California Tax Credit incentives and/or creating a public private film fund big enough to seriously impact the number of productions hiring in the state would go along in healing the wounds that afflicted us last night.  If you were anything like me you hung your head last night, and woke up today with a new resolve to Bring Hollywood Home.

Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President Founder Bring Hollywood Home Foundation  sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com

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Bring Hollywood Home Foundation Fights for California Jobs & Diversity

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

 Los Angeles

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

WHAT DOES OUR WORK HAVE TO DO WITH TOMORROW NIGHT’S 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD?

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Bill Duke receives a Golden Spirit Award from Hollywood with Students invited by Bring Hollywood Home to recognize the leadership of those who are fighting for the future of the entertainment industry.  “No single individual has fought harder for diversity in Hollywood than Bill Duke, Secretary of Bring Hollywood Home.” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez who founded the first 501 C 4 with the ability to lobby for minorities and women who have been left out of the tax credits passed by the California legislature since 2010.  “The problem is that despite all the work we’ve done with Bill Duke (Directors Guild of America-DGA) Diversity Group, black, brown, Asian, and women owned independent production companies still have no real access to the tax credit incentives in California.  When Bill Duke the first black director to direct a blockbuster sequel, Sister Act II, that grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide, gets to work he has to work outside of California.  Why?  Because there are no tax credit incentives for his production company that allows Bill Duke and other minority producers to bring investors to their production projects.”

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 Two time Oscar nominated actress Laura Dern in Hollywood picking up the prestigious Mary Pickford Award for her mother, Diane Ladd, who was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce this year for her lifetime work on behalf of the entertainment industry.  Laura Dern is in London now working on the next Star Wars, but, like her mother all of the work she gets requires she leave California because there are no tax credit incentives for women owned production companies that allow even the biggest stars in Hollywood to make their movies here at home.

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 Frida & Mark Greenberg CPA Miller Ward have supported the work of Bring Hollywood Home over the past several years because the business management group has an entertainment division.  “Too many people aren’t working in Hollywood.  This has caused a crisis of confidence in what if any leadership we will ever see in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to bring jobs back in the creative economy.” says Jimenez as she awaits the next Oscar season with most of the movies nominated for Best Picture made outside of California.

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Best Supporting Actress AARP 2016 for JOY, Diane Ladd worked outside of California all through 2015.  If she wants to work in 2016 she will likely have to pack her bags and be thankful she is lucky enough to have work in the entertainment industry.  “Diane Ladd and I went to the Inglewood South Bay Branch of the NAACP the week before the “whitewash” report came out of USC to tell the long time civil rights leadership group in LA County that there are too few movies being made and too many people out of work in the entertainment industry.  The problem the actress emphatically told the NAACP is that all the money in the industry goes to too few productions and women and minority owned production companies don’t get their fair share of incentives and can’t get financing for their films as a result.”

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California leaders like Jerome E. Horton, past chairman of the California Board of Equalization the tax agency for the state have recognized the leadership of Bring Hollywood Home.  “When Gary Visconti (pictured here with Jerome Horton) and I co-founded Bring Hollywood Home in 2010 we brought an Olympic effort to the work to save Hollywood.  Visconti a two time Olympian sought the support of former Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger one of his oldest friends, and architect Frank Gehry, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all close friends of the World Champion ice skater to come to the cause of the grassroots leadership.   Despite all the work we’ve done and all the outreach, the problem is so big in Hollywood that the voices of the minority and women in Tinsel Town just can’t get past the huge profits being made job outsourcing.” emphasizes Jimenez.

On the eve of the 88th Academy Awards Bring Hollywood Home congratulates all the nominees, reflects in sorrow at the lack of diversity, and challenges our state leadership in Hollywood and our USA leadership in the White House and in Congress to provide the incentives and new business models we must have to increase production and post production in film, tv, movies, new media, and music video production in 2016.

For More Information Please Contact:

Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President, Founder Bring Hollywood Home Foundation

sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com

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Bring Hollywood Home Foundation fights for California Jobs

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

 Los Angeles

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

WHAT DOES OUR WORK HAVE TO DO WITH TOMORROW NIGHT’S 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD?

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Bill Duke receives a Golden Spirit Award from Hollywood with Students invited by Bring Hollywood Home to recognize the leadership of those who are fighting for the future of the entertainment industry.  “No single individual has fought harder for diversity in Hollywood than Bill Duke, Secretary of Bring Hollywood Home.” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez who founded the first 501 C 4 with the ability to lobby for minorities and women who have been left out of the tax credits passed by the California legislature since 2010.  “The problem is that despite all the work we’ve done with Bill Duke (Directors Guild of America-DGA) Diversity Group, black, brown, Asian, and women owned independent production companies still have no real access to the tax credit incentives in California.  When Bill Duke the first black director to direct a blockbuster sequel, Sister Act II, that grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide, gets to work he has to work outside of California.  Why?  Because there are no tax credit incentives for his production company that allows Bill Duke and other minority producers to bring investors to their production projects.”

_DSC5633.JPG

 Two time Oscar nominated actress Laura Dern in Hollywood picking up the prestigious Mary Pickford Award for her mother, Diane Ladd, who was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce this year for her lifetime work on behalf of the entertainment industry.  Laura Dern is in London now working on the next Star Wars, but, like her mother all of the work she gets requires she leave California because there are no tax credit incentives for women owned production companies that allow even the biggest stars in Hollywood to make their movies here at home.

_DSC5881.JPG

 Frida & Mark Greenberg CPA Miller Ward have supported the work of Bring Hollywood Home over the past several years because the business management group has an entertainment division.  “Too many people aren’t working in Hollywood.  This has caused a crisis of confidence in what if any leadership we will ever see in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to bring jobs back in the creative economy.” says Jimenez as she awaits the next Oscar season with most of the movies nominated for Best Picture made outside of California.

_DSC5657.JPG

Best Supporting Actress AARP 2016 for JOY, Diane Ladd worked outside of California all through 2015.  If she wants to work in 2016 she will likely have to pack her bags and be thankful she is lucky enough to have work in the entertainment industry.  “Diane Ladd and I went to the Inglewood Chapter of the NAACP the week before the “whitewash” report came out of USC to tell the long time civil rights leadership group in LA County that there are too few movies being made and too many people out of work in the entertainment industry.  The problem the actress emphatically told the NAACP is that all the money in the industry goes to too few productions and women and minority owned production companies don’t get their fair share of incentives and can’t get financing for their films as a result.”

_DSC1734.JPG

California leaders like Jerome E. Horton, past chairman of the California Board of Equalization the tax agency for the state have recognized the leadership of Bring Hollywood Home.  “When Gary Visconti (pictured here with Jerome Horton) and I co-founded Bring Hollywood Home in 2010 we brought an Olympic effort to the work to save Hollywood.  Visconti a two time Olympian sought the support of former Governor Arnold Swarzenegger one of his oldest friends, and architect Frank Gehry, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all close friends of the World Champion ice skater to come to the cause of the grassroots leadership.   Despite all the work we’ve done and all the outreach, the problem is so big in Hollywood that the voices of the minority and women in Tinsel Town just can’t get past the huge profits being made job outsourcing.” emphasizes Jimenez.

On the eve of the 88th Academy Awards Bring Hollywood Home congratulates all the nominees, reflects in sorrow at the lack of diversity, and challenges our state leadership in Hollywood and our USA leadership in the White House and in Congress to provide the incentives and new business models we must have to increase production and post production in film, tv, movies, new media, and music video production in 2016.

For More Information Please Contact:

Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President, Founder Bring Hollywood Home Foundation

310-409-3306 sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com

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Bring Hollywood Home Foundation fights for California Jobs

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

 Los Angeles

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

WHAT DOES OUR WORK HAVE TO DO WITH TOMORROW NIGHT’S 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD?

_DSC6055.JPG

Bill Duke receives a Golden Spirit Award from Hollywood with Students invited by Bring Hollywood Home to recognize the leadership of those who are fighting for the future of the entertainment industry.  “No single individual has fought harder for diversity in Hollywood than Bill Duke, Secretary of Bring Hollywood Home.” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez who founded the first 501 C 4 with the ability to lobby for minorities and women who have been left out of the tax credits passed by the California legislature since 2010.  “The problem is that despite all the work we’ve done with Bill Duke (Directors Guild of America-DGA) Diversity Group, black, brown, Asian, and women owned independent production companies still have no real access to the tax credit incentives in California.  When Bill Duke the first black director to direct a blockbuster sequel, Sister Act II, that grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide, gets to work he has to work outside of California.  Why?  Because there are no tax credit incentives for his production company that allows Bill Duke and other minority producers to bring investors to their production projects.”

_DSC5633.JPG

 Two time Oscar nominated actress Laura Dern in Hollywood picking up the prestigious Mary Pickford Award for her mother, Diane Ladd, who was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce this year for her lifetime work on behalf of the entertainment industry.  Laura Dern is in London now working on the next Star Wars, but, like her mother all of the work she gets requires she leave California because there are no tax credit incentives for women owned production companies that allow even the biggest stars in Hollywood to make their movies here at home.

_DSC5881.JPG

 Frida & Mark Greenberg CPA Miller Ward have supported the work of Bring Hollywood Home over the past several years because the business management group has an entertainment division.  “Too many people aren’t working in Hollywood.  This has caused a crisis of confidence in what if any leadership we will ever see in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to bring jobs back in the creative economy.” says Jimenez as she awaits the next Oscar season with most of the movies nominated for Best Picture made outside of California.

_DSC5657.JPG

Best Supporting Actress AARP 2016 for JOY, Diane Ladd worked outside of California all through 2015.  If she wants to work in 2016 she will likely have to pack her bags and be thankful she is lucky enough to have work in the entertainment industry.  “Diane Ladd and I went to the Inglewood Chapter of the NAACP the week before the “whitewash” report came out of USC to tell the long time civil rights leadership group in LA County that there are too few movies being made and too many people out of work in the entertainment industry.  The problem the actress emphatically told the NAACP is that all the money in the industry goes to too few productions and women and minority owned production companies don’t get their fair share of incentives and can’t get financing for their films as a result.”

_DSC1734.JPG

California leaders like Jerome E. Horton, past chairman of the California Board of Equalization the tax agency for the state have recognized the leadership of Bring Hollywood Home.  “When Gary Visconti (pictured here with Jerome Horton) and I co-founded Bring Hollywood Home in 2010 we brought an Olympic effort to the work to save Hollywood.  Visconti a two time Olympian sought the support of former Governor Arnold Swarzenegger one of his oldest friends, and architect Frank Gehry, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all close friends of the World Champion ice skater to come to the cause of the grassroots leadership.   Despite all the work we’ve done and all the outreach, the problem is so big in Hollywood that the voices of the minority and women in Tinsel Town just can’t get past the huge profits being made job outsourcing.” emphasizes Jimenez.

On the eve of the 88th Academy Awards Bring Hollywood Home congratulates all the nominees, reflects in sorrow at the lack of diversity, and challenges our state leadership in Hollywood and our USA leadership in the White House and in Congress to provide the incentives and new business models we must have to increase production and post production in film, tv, movies, new media, and music video production in 2016.

For More Information Please Contact:

Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President, Founder Bring Hollywood Home Foundation

310-409-3306 sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com

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Bring Hollywood Home Foundation fights for California Jobs

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

 Los Angeles

BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME

WHAT DOES OUR WORK HAVE TO DO WITH TOMORROW NIGHT’S 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD?

_DSC6055.JPG

Bill Duke receives a Golden Spirit Award from Hollywood with Students invited by Bring Hollywood Home to recognize the leadership of those who are fighting for the future of the entertainment industry.  “No single individual has fought harder for diversity in Hollywood than Bill Duke, Secretary of Bring Hollywood Home.” says Sharon Hardee Jimenez who founded the first 501 C 4 with the ability to lobby for minorities and women who have been left out of the tax credits passed by the California legislature since 2010.  “The problem is that despite all the work we’ve done with Bill Duke (Directors Guild of America-DGA) Diversity Group, black, brown, Asian, and women owned independent production companies still have no real access to the tax credit incentives in California.  When Bill Duke the first black director to direct a blockbuster sequel, Sister Act II, that grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide, gets to work he has to work outside of California.  Why?  Because there are no tax credit incentives for his production company that allows Bill Duke and other minority producers to bring investors to their production projects.”

_DSC5633.JPG

 Two time Oscar nominated actress Laura Dern in Hollywood picking up the prestigious Mary Pickford Award for her mother, Diane Ladd, who was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce this year for her lifetime work on behalf of the entertainment industry.  Laura Dern is in London now working on the next Star Wars, but, like her mother all of the work she gets requires she leave California because there are no tax credit incentives for women owned production companies that allow even the biggest stars in Hollywood to make their movies here at home.

_DSC5881.JPG

 Frida & Mark Greenberg CPA Miller Ward have supported the work of Bring Hollywood Home over the past several years because the business management group has an entertainment division.  “Too many people aren’t working in Hollywood.  This has caused a crisis of confidence in what if any leadership we will ever see in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to bring jobs back in the creative economy.” says Jimenez as she awaits the next Oscar season with most of the movies nominated for Best Picture made outside of California.

_DSC5657.JPG

Best Supporting Actress AARP 2016 for JOY, Diane Ladd worked outside of California all through 2015.  If she wants to work in 2016 she will likely have to pack her bags and be thankful she is lucky enough to have work in the entertainment industry.  “Diane Ladd and I went to the Inglewood Chapter of the NAACP the week before the “whitewash” report came out of USC to tell the long time civil rights leadership group in LA County that there are too few movies being made and too many people out of work in the entertainment industry.  The problem the actress emphatically told the NAACP is that all the money in the industry goes to too few productions and women and minority owned production companies don’t get their fair share of incentives and can’t get financing for their films as a result.”

_DSC1734.JPG

California leaders like Jerome E. Horton, past chairman of the California Board of Equalization the tax agency for the state have recognized the leadership of Bring Hollywood Home.  “When Gary Visconti (pictured here with Jerome Horton) and I co-founded Bring Hollywood Home in 2010 we brought an Olympic effort to the work to save Hollywood.  Visconti a two time Olympian sought the support of former Governor Arnold Swarzenegger one of his oldest friends, and architect Frank Gehry, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all close friends of the World Champion ice skater to come to the cause of the grassroots leadership.   Despite all the work we’ve done and all the outreach, the problem is so big in Hollywood that the voices of the minority and women in Tinsel Town just can’t get past the huge profits being made job outsourcing.” emphasizes Jimenez.

On the eve of the 88th Academy Awards Bring Hollywood Home congratulates all the nominees, reflects in sorrow at the lack of diversity, and challenges our state leadership in Hollywood and our USA leadership in the White House and in Congress to provide the incentives and new business models we must have to increase production and post production in film, tv, movies, new media, and music video production in 2016.

For More Information Please Contact:

Sharon Hardee Jimenez, President, Founder Bring Hollywood Home Foundation

310-409-3306 sharonhardeejimenez@gmail.com

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Over 2,000,000 all time hits for Detective’s Diary


 

Whoot whoot!  We’ve passed 2,000,000 on our latest site stats:

Site Statistics

Unique Pages Served: 62656 Total Sessions: 582713 Total Page Hits: 2027768

 

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Protect Muslim Americans from Donald Trump


 

There is an urban legend that King Christian X of Denmark
rode through the streets of Denmark wearing a Jewish
Star of David in solidarity with Jews who were being
forced by the German occupation forces to wear a
Yellow Star of David. In fact, King Christian threatened
the Germans that if they did force Jews to wear this
symbol he would publicly wear one in solidarity.

The Germans backed down on their threat.

American politicians are threatening to treat
American Muslims like the Germans did in World War II.
One threat is to create a database of Muslims, just like
the Germans created a data base of Jews by registering
everybody and having them declare that they were either
Jewish or Gentile. If Gentiles had refused to cooperate—just
like King Christian—it would have left the Germans
to guess who was Jewish and who wasn’t.

Technically, to convert to Islam, all you have to do is
declare with conviction, the Shahada:
“There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God”

As a Jew, I can’t say that with conviction, but to defeat efforts
to register and discriminate against Muslims as a people, I
pledge to walk into any government agency registering Muslims
and say the Shahada.

At least it will keep them guessing, especially if millions of
non-Muslim Americans join me.

TAKE THE PLEDGE & SPREAD THIS MESSAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
A message of the Jewish Existentialist World Society (JEWS)

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