Sheriffs Deny Surveillance of Political Mtg…but we have photos


 

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In a March 18, 2013 response from the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept (LASD) to a California Public Records Act request, LASD made an astounding claim:

With regard to recent actions by the LASD in connection with the East Los Angeles Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer I am requesting that your office disclose the following:

 a) The number of deputies assigned to monitoring activities of the ELA Bobcats at each event they have held, including political protests, since October 2012, including but not limited to March 10, 2013 at Salazar Park;

Response: There were no Sheriff’s personnel assigned to this event.

The first rule of prevarication is “Don’t lie when the truth is easily ascertainable.”  The second rule which is kind of an after-thought because it’s intuitively obvious is, “Don’t lie to people who already know the truth.”

I know the truth.  I was there, at Salazar Park on March 10, 2013.  I’m not blind and I’m not stupid.  But even if I was a complete imbecile, we have the photos to prove that the LASD was there with five cop cars and the deputies with them:

DSCN1875 DSCN1876 DSCN1878 DSCN1879 DSCN1881 DSCN1885 DSCN1886 DSCN1890 DSCN1892These photos were taken 3/10/13 (the dating on the camera is wrong).

So, while the LASD had all these resources out watching a picnic, people registering to vote, listening to political speeches from the Brown Berets, me (representing CALLAC), and other local community leaders, and watching them sign petitions to First District Recreation & Parks Commissioner Sal Castro, what else was going on in the jurisdiction of the ELA LASD Station? 

According to the LASD’s own crime statistics:

Bobcats LASD CPRA response_004The LASD is trying to shake down the Bobcats’ organization for nearly $800 for overtime pay for its obviously busy deputies that they claim are necessary to monitor Bobcats’ youth football at Salazar Park.  What do you think is really going on here …. and are you going to let our elected officials get away with it?

Here’s what we’re doing about it:

 J.B. Tucker & Associates

News Release

P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433  Tel: 310.618.9596 Fax: 310.618.1950 pr@janbtucker.com

For Immediate Release: 3/25/13

For Information: Sylvia Romero 626.475.0841 (ELA Bobcats); Eliseo Montoya 323.635.2633 (Brown Berets Natl Organization) ; Miguel Perez 818.675.6126 (Natl Brown Berets de Aztlan); Jan Tucker as above (California League of Latin American Citizens)

Bobcats Youth Football @ County Supervisors

Accuse Sheriffs of False Response to Public Records Act Request

 Continuing a series of protests against the efforts of Los Angeles County to shut down the ELA Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer organization, members of the group will attend a Board of Supervisors meeting during the public comment period at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday March 26, 2013, at 500 W Temple St Los Angeles. Following the public comment period, the Bobcats’ leadership and supporting organizations will hold a press conference (in front of the Hall of Administration on Temple Street) to “expose” what they call a “flat out, bald faced false response to a Public Records Act request in an effort to hide unconstitutional Sheriffs surveillance of a peaceful political meeting.”

 In support of the Bobcats’ protest activities, the California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC) issued California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to the office of the First Supervisorial District and the the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (LASD). In part, the LASD responded as follows:

With regard to recent actions by the LASD in connection with the East Los Angeles Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer I am requesting that your office disclose the following:

 a) The number of deputies assigned to monitoring activities of the ELA Bobcats at each event they have held, including political protests, since October 2012, including but not limited to March 10, 2013 at Salazar Park;

 Response: There were no Sheriff’s personnel assigned to this event.

 Bobcats and their supporters contend that up to five Sheriffs cars and their officers monitored a gathering at Salazar Park on March 10 that included voter registration, the signing of petitions, and speeches by community representatives and that the LASD presence had a chilling effect in violation of the First Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.

 Photos of the LASD personnel monitoring the event can be viewed at:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/03/25/sheriffs-deny-surveillance-of-political-mtg-but-we-have-photos/

 Also at that blog are the Sheriff’s own crime statistics for the day in ELA, which included a murder, aggravated assaults, robberies and other violent crimes.

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PFP Takes the Stalinist Path


 

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Barr-SheehanAt its recent conference in Riverside, California, the State Central Committee of the Peace & Freedom Party (PFP) endorsed Cindy Sheehan, it’s 2012 nominee for Vice President with Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr, to run for Governor in 2014.  There’s an interesting back-story to the endorsement.  One important background item is that the party’s tradition for decades beginning with its founding is that the State Central Committee and local County Central Committees adhered to a strict policy against pre-primary endorsements to avoid the boss-politics of the Democrats and Republicans.

Mohammad Arif

Mohammad Arif

Not that Cindy Sheehan will not be a bad candidate, but the party’s “endorsement” consists of about 25 people who showed up in Riverside (after the convention was changed from Bakersfield) without public notice that endorsement of any candidates for anything would be on the agenda, thus eliminating any competition. This was probably a ploy by party chairperson Kevin D. Akin (of Riverside) who has been dead set (behind the scenes) against a repeat candidacy of Mohammad Arif (of Bakersfield), who has done great outreach to bring Muslims into PFP since running for the PFP nomination for Governor last time around.

Isaiah Akin, second from left, on mission for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Isaiah Akin, second from left, on mission for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Akin, who blocks any attempt by the party to ever engage in a serious policy discussion of Israeli-Palestinian issues (in support of the employment of his son, who is right-wing Zionist U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s chief policy wonk on Foreign Relations, Military & Veterans affairs), continues on his path to Stalinizing PFP (Kevin Akin is so hard-core that he supported the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia). Following a request by Marsha Feinland at the convention that he submit correspondence sent in his official capacity to other party officers for approval, he is reported to have “gone berserk” at the suggestion and threatened to resign if required to do so. This was in response to a widely circulated letter he wrote about me (Jan B. Tucker) which was so bizarre that his own supporters initially denied that he wrote it.

Joseph Stalin2Just as Joseph Stalin (my genetic cousin whose Y chromosome was G2a, whereas mine is G2b) was prone to paranoid tantrums and outbursts, his described behavior of going “berserk” is not his only recent fit.  During a recent call made by Paul Damon, Vice Chair of the Florida Peace & Freedom Party, it is reported that Akin started screaming and angrily hung up on Damon, refusing to answer Damon’s queries about the California PFP conference.  Previously, Akin retaliated against Damon, having him removed from the PFP National Organizing Committee for having sought the truth about Akin’s bizarre accusations against me [see the following to see Akin's email and my response to it:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/10/25/koversations-with-kevin-6/].

The fact that at least some of the party officers are now questioning Akin’s fitness–albeit privately rather than publicly–is a hopeful sign that control can be wrested away from the party’s increasingly cultish hierarchy.  Akin mistakes his own thoughts for the party’s thoughts: perhaps he would feel right at home in North Korea


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The Politics of Dementia & Geriatric Care


 

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Davidson Conference Center @ USC

Davidson Conference Center @ USC

On Friday March 15 [The Ides of March], 2013 I attended a continuing education conference at the USC Davidson center sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern California and Keck School of Medicine.   The conference was entitled “The Many Faces of Dementia:  New Diagnostic Guidelines and Their Implications for Care.”  I serve on the Community Advisory Board of Keck’s Memory & Aging Center Alzheimer’s Disease Research Project.  I have written on the subject of the effects of the “sequestration” crisis in federal budgeting in these pages before [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/12/05/alzheimers-research-jeopardized-by-federal-budget/] but I learned about some new, long term, systemic problems in the health care system at the conference with a special emphasis on geriatric care in the coming decades.

With the coming of age of the baby-boomer generation, Alzheimer’s Disease numbers are expected to increase dramatically, yet as pointed out by Dr. Michael Wasserman [http://www.wassdoc.com] at the conference, the number of geriatric certified physicians in America is dramatically declining [A 2007 survey indicated a huge decline in the preceding decade, from 8,800 to 7,100:  http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/4711/].  Dr. Wasserman pointed out an extremely disturbing public policy question that he has written about [http://www.wassdoc.com/index.php/read/articles/the-politics-of-healthcare]:  in 2010 alone, the Medicare Trust Fund spent over $9 billion on Graduate Medical Education, but practically none of that money was spent on training geriatric care doctors.  The implications are that:

Many of those same doctors whose training was subsidized by Medicare either limit their practices to Medicare, or refuse to accept Medicare patients altogether! But it gets even worse. Conservative projections suggest that we could use 15-20,000 Geriatricians now, and upwards of 30-40,000 in the coming years. Today we have fewer than 7,000, and the number is going down every year!

Dr. Wasserman indicated that there will be an expected 13.5 million Alzheimer’s patients by 2050 for those geriatricians to deal with.

Dr. Lisa L. Barnes of Rush University in Chicago spoke extensively on the subject of the barriers to diagnosis presented by access to health care in minority communities.  Most of the comparative studies in Alzheimer’s rates have been comparisons between Caucasians and African Americans but only one study has shown that Caucasians are at half the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as African Americans or Hispanics.  While there is no known genetic risk factor unique to minorities, the APOE-e4 gene is reported at higher levels in African American and Hispanic population groups than Caucasians; yet that gene does not seem to cause a higher risk between minority groups and Caucasians for the disease.  Nor do the higher levels of diabetes and vascular diseases appear to cause a higher risk for minorities than for Caucasians as far as Alzheimer’s Disease is concerned.

A fascinating aspect of the data are the statistical differentials based upon education, class and ethnicity.  For example, while Caucasians and African Americans have no appreciable gap in cognition skills testing when they have higher education levels, Caucasians seem to score better than African Americans when both groups are at low educational levels.  African Americans educated in the North also do significantly better on cognition skills tests than African Americans born in the South.

According to Dr. Barnes, perceptions in minority communities that memory loss is simply a function of aging rather than an actual sign of Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease tends to retard prospects for early diagnosis and treatment.  African Americans and Hispanics get to a clinic for diagnosis later in life and disease progression than do Caucasians.

Research shows some very interesting data that was presented at the seminar:

  • Social networking decreases loss of cognition
  • Underlying neuroticism increases the potential for developing Alzheimer’s Disease in Caucasians
  • The higher the perception of discrimination by an individual, the higher the blood levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a substance that surfaces in response to inflammation
  • While African Americans tend to have more brain “plaques” (of Beta-Amyloid) and infarcts, Caucasians with Alzheimer’s tend to have more “tangles.”

Dr. Bruce L. Miller of the University of California at San Francisco spoke on issues associated with a different dementia, Fronto Temporal Dementia (FTD) otherwise known as Pick’s Disease.  FTD tends to afflict persons younger than the usual age for Alzheimers.  It affects the right side of the brain and the left side of the body.

Is there any light at the end of this tunnel?  The Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”) calls for an annual cognitive screening, but the standard of care has not yet been defined.  It behooves all those interested in health care and its implications for society, politics and the economy to insure that this is well defined and implemented, just as we must address the crisis Dr. Wasserman pointed out in what he called the “relative paucity of training in dementia related issues” exemplified by the decline in certified geriatricians in America.


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Save the Bobcats Youth Football


 

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California League of Latin American Citizens in collaboration with the National Brown Berets de Aztlan and the Brown Beret National Organization is assisting the ELA Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer organization to keep from becoming just like California Bobcats — an endangered species.
Since October 2012, the office of Supervisor Gloria Molina in collaboration with the LA County Sheriffs Dept and the County Parks & Recreation Dept have been trying to shut down the ELA Bobcats Youth Football & Cheer organization which has provided youth sports at Salazar Park since 1968. The pretext is because of a fight at a Shakey’s Pizza in Monterey Park in October 2012 between two adults (one of whom was from Bakersfield) that had nothing to do with the Bobcats organization or its program.

While that may be an implausible pretext, a more compelling “coincidence” is that on February 16, 2013 Gloria Molina and other politicians kicked off the grand opening of their long planned ELA Sheriffs “Youth Activity League Center” as a tool to allow the LASD to control youth after-school programs in the area and channel children into being law enforcement explorers and/or community snitches.

Sal Castro–teacher supporter of the 1968 ELA Student strike made famous by the movie “Walkout,” now represents the First Supervisorial District on the County Parks & Recreation Commission. Download our petition to him from the “Files” function at the above linked FB page or Email callac@janbtucker.com (California League of Latin American Citizens) for a PDF copy of our petition to him which reads:

To: Sal Castro, First District Commissioner,
Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Commission

While we understand that the role of the County Parks & Recreation Commission is advisory only, we request that the Commission conduct an independent investigation into the revocation of the Bobcats Youth Football reservations for the use of Salazar Park, a facility we have used for decades. We want the Commission to investigate and publicly report on the following issues that we suspect are at the bottom of the actions taken against the Bobcats: (1) the racial, ethnic and class profiling of the youth and parent participants by the Sheriffs Department, (2) monetary motivation of the Sheriffs Department to have the parents pay for extra non-necessary security services, (3) monetary motivation to force parents to pay for new uniforms when none are necessary.


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Passover & Reversion Ceremony 3-30-13


 

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March 30, 2013, 12 noon; Passover & Reversion Ceremony for the Anusim (descendants of the forcibly converted)

2277 El Dorado Street Torrance CA 90501
The Jewish Existentialist World Society (JEWS) will hold a Passover Seder and Reversion Ceremony for the Anusim (descendants of Jews forcibly converted by the Inquisition and other authoritarian forces) under the auspices of Rabbi-Tlamatini Boruch Yaadov Moshe Ber Ben Osher Shmuel. Potluck and featuring Mesquite smoked marinated Lamb. Vegetarian dishes welcomed too.

Passover is for EVERYBODY who values freedom. For Jews and all who have suffered as slaves, it commemorates our flight from bondage in Egypt. For Christians it is an opportunity to see what Rabbi Jesus’s “Last Supper” was all about. For Muslims the J.E.W.S. extends its message of peace between all the children of Abraham.

Email for an advance copy of our Haggadah and Reversion ceremony script to boruch@janbtucker.com

Email for potluck suggestions.

To RSVP….

http://www.facebook.com/events/113503458837955/?context=create#

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Viva La Mujer Scholarship Event 3-9-13


 

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Free Ramsey Muniz NOW


 

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PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PARDON ATTORNEY TO SEEK FREEDOM FOR RAMSEY MUNIZ.  For background on this issue, see:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/09/26/professor-emilio-zamora-on-freedom-for-ramsey-muniz/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/08/12/letter-from-chicano-political-prisoner-ramsey-muniz/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/12/06/ramsey-muniz-guilty-of-being-latino-and-activist-in-america/

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CALLAC Opposes CA Contracting to RTW States


 

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Police Reform in the Wake of Christopher Dorner


 

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