Boxing: A Conspiracy in Restraint of Trade?


 

June 25, 2015:  an update:

Boxing Commission finally nails Haymon!

BOXING IN AMERICA: CONSPIRACY IN RESTRAINT OF TRADE

A series of seeming unconnected and run of the mill occurrences in the boxing industry might very well be related in a complex web of intrigue….if what my sources say are accurate. If you know something about the boxing industry and have an inquiring mind, consider whether any of the following events, in the context of history, have anything to do with each other and draw your own conclusions:

  • January 26, 1998, Shmuel Flatto-Sharon, arrested in Israel on suspicion of insurance fraud
  • 2000—Richard Schaefer abruptly leaves banking, where he’d been Western U.S. Regional manager for Swiss UBS (he’s a Swiss national) and gets into the boxing business
  • 2000—Al Haymon transitions into the boxing industry from the entertainment industry
Shmuel Flatto Sharon

Shmuel Flatto Sharon

Shmuel Flatto-Sharon is a Polish born ex-Communist resistance fighter who wound up making a fortune in France. He eventually had to flee to Israel ahead of French indictment alleging that he’d embezzled $60,000,000 in 1975. To get out of extradition, he spent a lot of money getting himself elected to parliament in Israel. While successful, he also wound up serving three months of probation for illegal campaign activities….buying votes.

Sharon has a brother in Las Vegas….who shall remain nameless except that my sources tell me that under the alias of “Rabinowitz” he was convicted of some kind of fraud in France and somehow still managed to get into the United States. He is VERY PROMINENT in the Las Vegas night club industry.

At this point let me digress and suggest that my readers consider this prior posting:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/04/28/small-freaky-world-of-white-collar-crime/

One of the people mentioned in that blog is in fact aka Rabinowitz. “Mr. L” is also involved and two others mentioned there are peripherally involved in the events I am describing, according to my sources…which of course are always subject to question.

Richard Schaefer

Richard Schaefer

So, according to my sources, when Sharon was arrested in 1998 he was in a panic to get money into the United States where it would be safely looked after by his brother, “Rabinowitz.” At this time of course, Richard Schaefer was still working for UBS (United Bank of Switzerland, where his father used to be Chairman of the Board). It’s not like Swiss bankers aren’t skilled at helping people launder money. In 1994 the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/ubs-in-drug-money-laundering-case-employee-suspended–police-arrest-colombian-woman–dollars-150m-account-frozen-1369982.html) reported that in light of the arrest of a UBS Bank Vice President for laundering Colombian drug money:

The Swiss Banking Commission, which supervises the country’s banks, is expected to launch its own investigation into UBS’s handling of the account and may look at its internal procedures for detecting money laundering – against the background of an international drive by central banks to raise the standards of vigilance among financial institutions.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS_tax_evasion_controversy

So tying this together, one of my sources claims that a certain somebody at UBS who retired from UBS abruptly in 2000 – facts that coincide with Schaefer’s inexplicable departure – was the person that facilitated laundering money for Flatto-Sharon to his brother, “Rabinowitz,” in Las Vegas and that around the same time, Rabinowitz put together Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer….let’s call it, “networking.” Maybe my source is 100% correct, maybe only 50% correct or maybe it’s all a great fantasy in which at least it would make a great movie, kind of like the Swiss Banker money laundering scenes in Wolf of Wall Street.

Clayton/Sherman acts—monopolization of market share

If you have access to the kind of money that Flatto – Sharon has, if the French indictments are based on a solid case, and if that money is made available by his brother for reinvestment by Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer, it would sure enable you to eventually grab an enormous amount of the market share of a lot of different industries that they chose to put it into. So regardless of where they got their working capital from, lets take a look at the effect that the Haymon-Schaefer alliance has had on boxing since they came into it in 2000.

Although they represent technically separate business entities, Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer have effectively monopolized a market share forcing competitors horizontally and vertical level market participants into a take it or leave it business environment where the deal offered is a deal that market participants cannot refuse, in the sense that an LCN Mafia godfather might offer it.

The monopolization of this industry by Haymon et al is open and notorious, as are its effects. Examples of the open traffic in boxing media:

• November 3, 2012: Here’s a memo for Hip Hop dude turned prize fight promoter 50 Cent – Don’t piss off Al Haymon. I wonder if 50 realizes that having a good stable of fighter’s doesn’t mean squat if you can’t secure any TV dates for them. [http://www.examiner.com/article/50-cent-vs-al-haymon-equals-no-tv-dates-for-50]

• [http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/articles-frontpage/17953- fans-choice-for-floyds-next-khan-or-maidana]
The Shadow says:
[QUOTE=Carmine Cas;43539]The UFC/WWE model is what I was alluding towards, the one big promoter in the sport that every fighter seeks to be a part of. I know the promoters’ number one goal is to make money, but their goals are more instant gratification. If they were to unite and form a “league” they command a much larger part of the market share, and in the long run make more money. The brand would be better known to casual fans around the world. With Arum getting old it could happen, and hopefully it will.
The Oscar-Pac split is pretty funny[/QUOTE]
Did some research. The other two were 50-50 until Margarito started acting like a spoiled b*tch so HBO had to give him a little extra money on the side because he felt he was the bigger draw and the champion.
Which I guess in some way was fair enough but he allegedly started with the crap after everyone thought they had a deal. Good for him he got spanked.
As for market share, they already dominate it. GBP and TR already sit atop roughly 80% of the market, overall, if not more. There are no outside threats.
In 2013, GBP/SHO had a 80-85% market share of the domestic PPV boxing industry, which is damn near monopolistic. Google, by comparison, has 90% of the search engine market. [EMPHASIS ADDED]

 

• Al Haymon Boxing adviser and promoter This shadowy ring adviser doesn’t speak to reporters; instead he’s wielded his enormous influence at HBO and Showtime by dangling the idea that his top fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., would sign with or leave them. The result: Haymon’s stable has collected millions fighting inferior opposition. The 57-year-old’s latest client, rising star Adrien Broner, ensures Haymon’s influence will continue. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/main/photos/1303/50-most-powerful-people-in-sports/42/]

Al Haymon• Haymon came to boxing in 2000 and worked initially with Vernon Forrest. He is licensed in Nevada as a manager, yet he also performs many of the same functions as a promoter. He received the Al Buck Award as manager of the year from the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2005, 2012 and 2013. Haymon’s biggest client is Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he manages and helped maneuver out of his contract with Top Rank Boxing for $750,000. [Emphasis added, See [http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Al_Haymon], which also provides a partial list of boxers affiliated with Haymon, demonstrating his monopolistic market share]

• Haymon’s small inner circle entered the boxing world with him. Sylvia Browne, his assistant, handled much of the day-to-day affairs. Sam Watson and his two sons represented the public face of Haymon’s boxing enterprise, accompanying Haymon fighters into the ring.
Early on, Haymon tenaciously sought connections with the networks. He called Xavier James, the vice president for sports programming at HBO until 2004, at all hours daily, on three separate lines, and yet Haymon remained a mystery to James. Haymon penetrated boxing, James said, “with a great deal of guile and almost no personal interaction.”

 

If I wanted to,” James said Haymon often told him, “I could run boxing.” [Emphasis added, Al Haymon Quietly Shakes Up Boxing – NYTimes.com 12/18/11]

The California Court of Appeals issued a very recent decision reiterating the laws against monopolies in California, i.e. the Cartwright Act, California Crane School, Inc. v. National Comm. for Certification of Crane Operators (2014), Cal.App.4th [No. F063727. Fifth Dist. May 8, 2014.]. This court wrote that:

Section 16720 of the Cartwright Act defines an unlawful trust as “a combination of capital, skill or acts by two or more persons” for enumerated purposes that restrains trade. Section 16726 provides that “every trust is unlawful, against public policy and void.” Section 16750, subdivision (a), confers a private right of action on “[a]ny person who is injured in his … business or property by reason of anything forbidden or declared unlawful by this chapter ….” The Cartwright Act is patterned after the federal Sherman Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.), so decisions under the Sherman Act are applicable under the Cartwright Act. ( Kolling v. Dow Jones & Co. (1982) 137 Cal.App.3d 709 , 717 ( Kolling ).)
To state a cause of action under the Cartwright Act, appellants must allege (1) the formation and operation of a conspiracy, (2) illegal acts done pursuant thereto, and (3) damage proximately caused by the acts. (Kolling, supra, 137 Cal. App.3d at p. 717.) California requires a high degree of particularity in the pleading of Cartwright Act violations. To be sufficient, the complaint must allege specific conduct in furtherance of the conspiracy to reduce competition. (Marsh v. Anesthesia Services Medical Group, Inc (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 480, 493 (Marsh).)
The Cartwright Act prohibits combinations in unreasonable restraint of trade. Certain restraints, including some group boycotts, are conclusively presumed to be {Slip Opn. Page 53} unreasonable and illegal. (Marsh, supra , 200 Cal.App.4th at p. 493.) A vertical boycott consists of collaboration among business entities occupying different levels of distribution to deny a competitor at one level the benefits enjoyed by the members of the vertical combination. ( Id. at p. 494.)
Appellants assert they have alleged a third- party vertical boycott. That is, NCCCO, IAI and the unnamed co-conspirator crane schools conspired to boycott appellants from access to the essential testing services that are provided to other competing schools in the state. Appellants submit their allegations mirror those found to be sufficient in case law and the trial court erred in sustaining the demurrers.
The antitrust plaintiff must delineate a relevant market and show that the defendant plays enough of a role in that market to impair competition significantly. (Exxon Corp., supra, 51 Cal.App.4th at p. 1682.) Market power is generally equated with market share. It is usually inferred from possession of a substantial percentage of the sales in a market that is carefully defined in terms of product and geography. (Redwood Theatres, Inc. v. Festival Enterprises, Inc . (1988) 200 Cal.App.3d 687, 704.) The “relevant market” is composed of products that have reasonable interchangeability for the purpose for which they are produced. ( Exxon Corp., supra, 51 Cal.App.4th at p. 1682.) The relevant market may present a question of fact. (Ibid.) {Slip Opn. Page 68}

In another recent case Clayworth v. Pfizer, Inc. (2010) 49 Cal.4th 758 the California Supreme Court made the point that the effect on market share or of market share causes injury.

Out in the Open

A lawsuit filed in April in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY SPORTS PRODUCTIONS, INC., d/b/a Main Events, v. GROUPE YVON MICHEL, INC., YVON MICHEL, AL HAYMON, GOLDEN BOY PRODUCTIONS, INC., SHOWTIME NETWORK, INC., ADONIS STEVENSON, contains some intriguing allegations:

13) Defendant Al Haymon holds himself out to be a manager or advisor to professional boxers. In point of fact, as we will explain later in this complaint, he actually operates in the role of promoter. He is the owner of an entity named “Al Haymon Development, Inc.”
14) Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is a major promoter of professional boxing. Its president is Oscar De La Hoya and its CEO is Richard Schaefer. It is common knowledge in the industry that Schaefer is attempting to wrest control of Golden Boy from De La Hoya who is, on information and belief, the majority shareholder.
15) Showtime is a pay television network whose Executive Vice President for Sports is Stephen Espinoza. It is the chief competitor to HBO, which is generally considered to be the leading pay network in the United States. Each of Showtime and HBO prominently features boxing on their respective networks.

Stephen Espinoza is an attorney who has put his California Bar Status as “inactive” since he moved to New York to run Showtime Sports. He used to be an attorney with Ziffren Brittenham LLP in Century City. While with Ziffren, Espinoza used to represent Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy, which in essence means that he was then-representing De La Hoya’s interests as the majority stockholder.

On March 24, 2014, David Kassel wrote [http://fighthype.com/news/article16473.html]

Is Al Haymon planning something huge? Anyone who is anyone in the boxing and music industries are very familiar with Haymon. Like it or not, he is the most influential man in boxing. Yes, I believe Haymon is more influential than Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Richard Schaefer, Bob Arum, Ken Hershman, Stephen Espinoza, or anyone else affiliated with The Sweet Science. Haymon is the man whom Mayweather (boxing’s most prized possession) seeks advice from, and whatever Haymon suggests, Mayweather usually listens. Over the last few years, Haymon has slowly and steadily built his stable of fighters. However, within the last year, the list of fighters to join Al Haymon has been unbelievable. These past few weeks have been no exception as Haymon has signed the likes of: Adonis Stevenson, Amir Khan, Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Deontay Wilder, and Robert Guerrero. Add that to names like Mayweather, Danny Garcia, Leo Santa Cruz, Chris Arreola, Devon Alexander, Peter Quillin, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, Adrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi, Omar Figueroa, and plenty of other world champions, and you have one hell of an army. Don’t just think Haymon signs world titlists either. Haymon also has a growing list of up-andS-coming prospects who are the future stars of boxing.

I have a feeling Al Haymon is planning something big, and I have a feeling both Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank are going to feel the effects. Could Richard Schaefer be a part of the big Al Haymon picture? A couple weeks ago, rumors surfaced that Haymon could be working on forming a promotional entity with Schaefer, currently the Golden Boy Promotions CEO, becoming the face of the company. We all know that Sam Watson and his sons, Marcus and Brandon, are the current faces of Haymon fighters while Schaefer stands behind his Golden Boy fighters, but it’s no secret that Schaefer doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya. Couple that with De La Hoya’s personal problems and Schaefer may see this as an opportunity to move into the future with a man who has had a track record of nothing but success. Someone once asked me why Haymon doesn’t have his own promotional company already, and I answered by saying that it didn’t make sense at the time because Haymon didn’t have enough fighters to put together a full show, on a consistent basis, making it worth his while and paying the promotional fees associated with putting on a show. Now, he has everything he needs because of his big name fighters and his young crop of talent. I’m not buying into the rumors of a Haymon/Schaefer collaboration yet, but the more fighters who sign with Haymon, the more I believe a big announcement could be coming sooner rather than later. [Emphasis added]

So surprise, surprise, on June 3, 2014, ESPN announces [http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/11024103/floyd-mayweather-vows-stop-working-golden-boy-promotions-ceo-richard-schaefer-resigns] that:

Hours after Richard Schaefer’s Monday resignation as chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions following months of infighting with company co-founder/majority shareholder/president Oscar De La Hoya, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. dumped the company.

Mayweather, whose fights generate the biggest pay-per-view numbers in the sport, has worked with Golden Boy on a fight-by-fight basis for all of his nine bouts since his 2007 blockbuster against De La Hoya, which set the all-time pay-per-view buy record at nearly 2.5 million subscriptions.

Interestingly enough, Schaefer never got Mayweather to commit to anything but one at a time deals with Golden Boy, so now Oscar De La Hoya is screwed as majority stockholder. This raises a series of questions since Schaefer as corporate CEO of Golden Boy has had an ongoing fiduciary duty to Golden Boy’s shareholders, especially its majority shareholder, De La Hoya. Was it impossible all these years that Schaefer was at the helm for him to convince Mayweather not to commit to a long term contract, or was Schaefer jockeying for the ideal situation for himself to bail out of Golden Boy if he lost his battle for control with De La Hoya and thereby align himself with the triumvirate of Haymon, Stephen Espinoza at Showtime, and himself?

That brings up a similar question. Showtime’s official online biography of Stephen Espinoza says that:

Prior to joining SHOWTIME, Espinoza was a partner in the firm of Ziffren Brittenham LLP. At the firm, he specialized in representing athletes and sports personalities, including professional boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson, who generated a total of over $500 million in pay-per-view revenues under his representation. Espinoza has served as lead counsel for De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions since the formation of the company. Through his representation of Tyson, De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, Espinoza has been directly involved in several of the highest-grossing pay-per-view boxing events in the history of the sport. Other notable former sports clients include former NFL star and current broadcaster Michael Strahan and mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano.

So, what are Espinoza’s fiduciary duties to Oscar De La Hoya?

The California Bar Association has a couple of rules that Stephen Espinoza should be thinking about in the event that he has dealings with Schaefer and Haymon that are now against the interests of his former client, Oscar De La Hoya. First, Rule 3-300:

Rule 3-300 Avoiding Interests Adverse to a Client

A member shall not enter into a business transaction with a client; or knowingly acquire an ownership, possessory, security, or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client, unless each of the following requirements has been satisfied:

(A) The transaction or acquisition and its terms are fair and reasonable to the client and are fully disclosed and transmitted in writing to the client in a manner which should reasonably have been understood by the client; and

(B) The client is advised in writing that the client may seek the advice of an independent lawyer of the client’s choice and is given a reasonable opportunity to seek that advice; and

(C) The client thereafter consents in writing to the terms of the transaction or the terms of the acquisition.

Also, look at Rule 3-310:

Rule 3-310 Avoiding the Representation of Adverse Interests

(A) For purposes of this rule:

(1) “Disclosure” means informing the client or former client of the relevant circumstances and of the actual and reasonably foreseeable adverse consequences to the client or former client;

(2) “Informed written consent” means the client’s or former client’s written agreement to the representation following written disclosure;

(3) “Written” means any writing as defined in Evidence Code section 250.

(B) A member shall not accept or continue representation of a client without providing written disclosure to the client where:

(1) The member has a legal, business, financial, professional, or personal relationship with a party or witness in the same matter; or

(2) The member knows or reasonably should know that:

(a) the member previously had a legal, business, financial, professional, or personal relationship with a party or witness in the same matter; and

(b) the previous relationship would substantially affect the member’s representation; or

(3) The member has or had a legal, business, financial, professional, or personal relationship with another person or entity the member knows or reasonably should know would be affected substantially by resolution of the matter; or

(4) The member has or had a legal, business, financial, or professional interest in the subject matter of the representation.

(C) A member shall not, without the informed written consent of each client:

(1) Accept representation of more than one client in a matter in which the interests of the clients potentially conflict; or

(2) Accept or continue representation of more than one client in a matter in which the interests of the clients actually conflict; or

(3) Represent a client in a matter and at the same time in a separate matter accept as a client a person or entity whose interest in the first matter is adverse to the client in the first matter.

(D) A member who represents two or more clients shall not enter into an aggregate settlement of the claims of or against the clients without the informed written consent of each client.

(E) A member shall not, without the informed written consent of the client or former client, accept employment adverse to the client or former client where, by reason of the representation of the client or former client, the member has obtained confidential information material to the employment.

(F) A member shall not accept compensation for representing a client from one other than the client unless:

(1) There is no interference with the member’s independence of professional judgment or with the client-lawyer relationship; and

(2) Information relating to representation of the client is protected as required by Business and Professions Code section 6068, subdivision (e); and

(3) The member obtains the client’s informed written consent, provided that no disclosure or consent is required if:

(a) such nondisclosure is otherwise authorized by law; or

(b) the member is rendering legal services on behalf of any public agency which provides legal services to other public agencies or the public. [Emphasis added]

The bar probably meant when it wrote those rules that they applied specifically to “employment” as an attorney, but outside of the lawyer-client context the language I’ve given emphasis to above certainly gives guidance as to Espinoza’s independent common law fiduciary duty to Oscar De La Hoya. Will Stephen do something now as an employee of Showtime that is adverse to the interests of his former legal clients? Whether or not it’s legal, it’s certainly an ethical issue.

The latest intrigue

Frank Espinoza

Frank Espinoza

Boxing scene reported [http://www.boxingscene.com/mares-managerial-status-likely-land-arbitration–78752] this morning that there may be a move afoot for Abner Mares to switch over to the Al Haymon empire and this raises the spectre, like the scenario noted above in which Al Haymon purportedly orchestrated Floyd Mayweather away from Bob Arum’s Top Rank, in which Haymon steals Mares out from under Golden Boy and Frank Espinoza’s (no relation to Stephen Espinoza) Espinoza Boxing Club. As boxing scene wrote:

By Rick Reeno

Sources with knowledge of the details have advised BoxingScene.com that an arbitration proceeding, in Los Angeles, is a likely scenario to sort out the managerial contract of former three division world champion Abner Mares.

The Mexican Olympian recently stated that his contract with longtime manager Frank Espinoza had expired and he planned to explore his managerial options. Since the start of the year, there have been heavy rumblings that Mares was making a move to adviser/manager Al Haymon.

Since last August’s TKO defeat to Jhonny Gonzalez, Mares has turned down several fight offers and claimed injury to withdraw from a planned February rematch with Gonzalez. Those close to Espinoza believe that Mares was intentionally staying on the shelf in order to run out the clock on his managerial contract.

Because Mares claimed injury and rejected numerous fight offers, there is a heavy belief that Espinoza’s managerial contract would in turn be extended (at least for several months) to make up the time for Mares’ inactivity.

Mares is scheduled to face Jonathan Oquendo on the Canelo-Lara Showtime Pay-Per-View on July 12th in Las Vegas.

Espinoza gave a “no comment” when BoxingScene approached him with the information that his company, Espinoza Boxing Club, was already making moves to arbitrate the contract dispute with Mares.

Abner Mares

Abner Mares

Now as I understand the back-story about Mares’ alleged injuries, they supposedly occurred in Mexico while Richard Schaefer was of course, still CEO of Golden Boy and that his corporate “due diligence” and exercise of his corporate duties of “reasonable inquiry” and “loyalty” consisted of his sending Mares’ to see an American doctor after he quite belatedly returned from Mexico. The question in my mind is, did Schaefer bother to obtain the X-Rays, MRI, and/or CT Scans from the Mexican physician(s) that Mares initially saw immediately after the purported injury? If he did, did he share or withhold those records from the physician he sent Mares to in the United States, let alone did he let Frank Espinoza, Mares’ own manager, see those records. You know, inquiring minds just like to know these little details.

If Schaefer didn’t do those things, which logic dictates any ethical and conscientious corporate CEO would have done in these circumstances, it sure makes me think about the coincidence of Schaefer’s potentially helping run out the clock on Mares’ ties to Frank Espinoza and Golden Boy until right around the time that he himself was going to bail out, amongst all the talk of whether he was going more overtly into a triumvirate with Haymon and Stephen Espinoza.

Yeah, a coincidence!

 

 

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AB1839 Amendments needed


 

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Gay Man of Courage


 

HS Principal’s Coming Out as Gay Was ‘So Unexpected’

By YAZHOU SUN | Good Morning America – Thu, Jun 5, 2014 3:06 PM EDT

http://gma.yahoo.com/hs-principals-coming-gay-unexpected-163212370–abc-news-topstories.html

Woodrow Wilson High School principal Pete Cahall stunned many of his D.C. students when he came out during the school’s gay pride celebration.

“That was so unexpected,” gay school senior Tao Marwell told ABC News affiliate station WJLA-TV in Washington. “I had no idea. I have so much more respect for him now.”

His hands trembling, his voice shaking, his speech stuttered, Cahall confessed something Wednesday he said he had waited many years to say publicly.

“I am a proud gay man that just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,” he said as students cheered and clapped, according to WJLA.

It all unfolded at the school’s second annual gay pride celebration during Wednesday’s lunch hour. When Cahall was handed the microphone, he looked overwhelmed and uneasy, WJLA reported.

He said he had only told a small circle of friends about his sexuality, not even his family.

“I have been in the shadows, but I am liberated today,” Cahall told the audience. “I have not made this declaration before, because I did not want my kids [the students] to think differently, or not respect me.”

Cahall said the fears were obstacles in his mind because of the culture of when and where he grew up, not providing any details.

After the announcement at the LGBT event, Cahall was still shaking as students walked up to offer him hugs, WJLA said.

Cahall has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

Human Rights Campaign director Ellen Kahn said, “What he did was very bold and courageous.”

LGBT students are consistently bullied because of their identifies, both verbally and physically, she said. “He is in a high school where some students probably already find themselves to be attracted by the same sex, or have claimed to be a group of LGBT,” Kahn added. “When an adult comes out, it delivers a very powerful message.”

But not everyone welcomed the news.

Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kansas, organization known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, plans to protest Wilson’s Pride Day Monday.

“You should be hanging your heads in shame for such a thing,” the church declared on its website regarding the gay pride event. “Since your teachers haven’t taught you the basic lesson of why God destroyed Sodom, we’ll help you out.”

Nearly 1,000 Wilson students have signed up for a peaceful counter-protest Monday.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. who tweeted that the school has his full support, called Westboro church “backward thinking” and its message “a disgrace.”

“In my best biblical reference,” Gray said, “they can go straight to hell.”

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Tucker’s precinct operation


 

Norma Ramirez

Norma Ramirez

I can’t thank Norma Ramirez and her family, friends and cohorts for her impressive grass roots precinct operation to promote my write-in campaign in my hometown of Arleta, California.  Arleta was considered a backwater when I was growing up:  it was so unknown and non-descript that the Post Office used to accidentally send mail addressed to Arleta to Goleta up in Santa Barbara County.  Nowadays lo and behold, we have two of my Arleta homies, Felipe Fuentes as City Council member and Alex Padilla who just placed first in the 2014 primary election for Secretary of State.

Anyway, here are the photos of Norma et al’s campaign efforts from my old barrio:

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Dracula – Blacula Resurrection Party 6-8-14


 

This will be our 2nd Annual Dracula/Blacula Ressurection event (last year: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/04/30/draculablacula-resurrection-party-5-25-13/ ).

Gyula Tamas Zubovicz aka Dracula

Gyula Tamas Zubovicz aka Dracula

The last weekend in May 1997, Gyula Tamas Zubovicz (the Dracula of the Dracula Crime Family of the Hungarian Mafia) was murdered on the orders of Semion Mogilevich (head of the Red Mafiya), but he survived having his legs blown off, only to be poisoned in his hospital bed. However, nobody cut off his head, put a stake through his heart, or dragged him out into the sunlight. We had him buried in Transylvanian Earth, so he is just resting until he gets better.

William Marshall, the actor who played Blacula, died June 5, 2003.  From Wikipedia:

William Marshall--Blacula, long time member of the Peace & Freedom Party, Black Panther supporter

William Marshall–Blacula, long time member of the Peace & Freedom Party, Black Panther supporter

Blacula is a 1972 American blaxploitation horror film produced for American International Pictures.[1] It was directed by William Crain and stars William Marshall in the title role about an 18th-century African prince named Mamuwalde, who is turned into a vampire and later locked in a coffin by Count Dracula. Two centuries later, the now-undead Mamuwalde rises from his coffin attacking various residents in modern day Los Angeles. Mamuwalde later meets Tina (Vonetta McGee), a woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his deceased wife Luva.

Blacula was released to mixed reviews in the United States, but was one of the top grossing films of the year. It was the first film to receive an award for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards. Blacula was followed by the sequel Scream Blacula Scream in 1973 and inspired a small wave of blaxploitation themed horror films.

Jan Tucker aka Tokar Janos Von Erdelyi's Ring of Dracula

Jan Tucker aka Tokar Janos Von Erdelyi’s Ring of Dracula

The only person who knew both Dracula and Blacula is Jan B. Tucker, who wears the ring of Dracula, cast from the original mold from which Bela Lugosi’s ring was made.

Join us for the annual Dracula party, which last year was renamed to include our brother Blacula for the 10th anniversary of his going to the land of dead, so that we can resurrect them into the land of the undead by consuming BBQ Blutwurst (Body of Dracula) and Vampire Label Red Wine imported from Transylvania (Blood of Dracula) as the sacraments of resurrection.

Additionally, my dear friend Bobbee Zeno who departed to the land of the dead recently, was also an old friend of Blacula and had been looking forward to attending this event, so we will honor Bobbee Z with a toast to his spirit in hopes that he communes with us at the party!

Potluck–email for suggestions, evil@janbtucker.com

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Zoot Suit Riots Feted 6-11-14 @ ELA


 

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Endorse me for Board of Equalization


 

If you support me in my run for Third District, California Board of Equalization please come out of your closet and authorize me to publicly list you as an endorser.  Email me your approval, how you want your name listed, and what title or occupation to list for you, like the ones below, at pr@janbtucker.com, or use the contact form at the bottom.  For info on how to Write In my name on the ballot:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/06/how-to-write-in-jan-b-tucker-for-board-of-equalization/

NEWS FLASH 6-1-14 @ 5:00 P.M.

I have just learned in a desperation last minute smear campaign, PFP State Chair Kevin Akin called one of my prominent supporters and threatened political retaliation if she did not withdraw her endorsement of me.  I ask my supporters to contact the candidate (Eric S. Moren) on whose behalf Akin is making these calls and ask him to repudiate these despicable tactics and call Akin himself and demand that he cease and desist:

ERIC S. MOREN (805) 602-7175 (Business) E-MAIL:  morenseric@gmail.com

KEVIN AKIN
PHONE: (909) 787-0318
E-MAIL: kevinakin1950@hotmail.com

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Roseanne Barr endorses Jan B. Tucker


 

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Roseanne Barr and Jan B. Tucker at The Abbey in West Hollywood

Roseanne Barr joins College Board Trustee Nancy Pearlman in endorsing Jan B. Tucker for California Board of Equalization, District 3.

Roseanne’s message: “I want to endorse you too…I find you to be a very ethical person.”

 

See also: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/09/26/roseanne-barr-for-president/

and: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/30/nancy-pearlman-endorses-jan-b-tucker/

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Nancy Pearlman Endorses Jan B. Tucker


 

 

Jan B. Tucker & Nancy Pearlman

Jan B. Tucker & Nancy Pearlman

Nancy Pearlman, (for identification only: member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees) endorses Jan B. Tucker as a Write-in Candidate for California Board of Equalization, District No. 3. http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/06/how-to-write-in-jan-b-tucker-for-board-of-equalization/

For background on Nancy Pearlman, one of L.A.’s premier feminists and environmentalists…..http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/05/13/nancy-pearlman-is-our-community-college-trustee/

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Public Reply to a Voter’s Question on the Board of Equalization


 

I RECEIVED THE QUESTION BELOW FROM A VOTER….MY PUBLIC RESPONSE FOLLOWS:

Hello,

I am a registered voter trying to make an informed decision in the upcoming election. Please help me to understand the duties of a member of the Board of Equalization and your vision for the office. I would also appreciate any additional information about your policy positions that you feel would be relevant to your campaign. Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,  R.B.

Response:

Dear R.B. and to the voting public:

First, you can see some of the important concerns and issues I have on my blog at: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/21/tucker-for-board-of-equalization-news-release/

Although some candidates like to use the Board of Equalization election as a bully pulpit to talk about tax issues in general—which is not completely unreasonable—it helps to actually understand that most of what the BOE does is administer and enforce the collection of the sales tax. Because of that role the BOE’s board and staff are frequently consulted by legislators about the effects on the Board’s administrative role when they consider changes to sales tax laws. The enforcement arm of the BOE is investigative in nature, searching out major sectors of the so-called “underground economy” which evades sales taxes along with income and other taxes.

Paul Carpenter, a former BOE member who was eventually sent to prison, had taken an interest in the issue of the evasion of sales taxes by port trucking companies. This is what one of my supporters brought to my attention on the issue and he will be supplying me with details:

“The BOE is part of a task force that is supposed to meet with the CHP and discuss the trucking industry. 25 years ago we complained to the BOE of the thousands of chassis being used in drayage that are registered in Maine but never leave the California ports. NEVER! Each chassis cost new about $40,000 and sales tax is not being paid to the BOE. There are also IFTA issues which need to be addressed.”

As a private investigator since 1979 and former seven-term Chairman of the Board of the world’s largest organization of private detectives, I bring decades of investigative experience to bat to work effectively with BOE and CHP investigators to put a stop to scams like this.

It is no secret that Los Angeles is number one (1) on the top ten (10) list of American cities for the extent and monetary damage to society due to “Organized Retail Crime” (ORC) and San Francisco is number eight (8). In America as a whole, 96.5% of all retailers have experienced retail fraud and because of the positions of Los Angeles and San Francisco, a significant portion of that is concentrated in California. One of the most prevalent types of ORC is “refund fraud” in which stolen and/or fraudulently obtained merchandise is returned for cash or “store credit.” In each such case, the sales tax supposedly paid in the original transaction is “refunded” along with the purported purchase price even though neither was paid in the first place. In 2012 alone, $8.9 billion was stolen in refund scams like this with $2.9 billion lost during the holiday season alone. The percentage of sales taxes lost to California as a percentage of these national figures is thus enormous, because 84.2% of returns are estimated to be of stolen or fraudulently obtained products. A staggering 45.6% of stolen/fraudulently obtained merchandise is returned using counterfeit receipts!

Whether and if BOE investigators can or should play an active role in combating these frauds or whether they should be left to the typically overworked and over-committed local police departments is a serious question to be explored.

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