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In mid June, major news media, especially the Los Angeles Times (June 14, 2013) began reporting about how Iranian-American developer Eskandar E. Bolour was getting engulfed in the scandals involving Los Angeles County Assessor Juan Renaldo “John” Noguez when he was hit with search warrants aimed at finding out whether Bolour had been laundering campaign donations for Noguez. My sources tell me that Bolour may just be the second Iranian-American to get caught up in the investigation, but he isn’t likely to be the last. It’s first important that charged with a bribery scheme in exchange for lower tax bills along with Assessor Noguez is Iranian-American “Tax Consultant” (an unregulated profession in California) Ramin Salari.
Well before his current woes in connection with his bribery prosecution, Ramin, according to an April 19, 2012 Los Angeles Weekly article, he was accused by his own cousin in a lawsuit of being a “thief,” a “crook,” a “liar” and a “charlatan.” The Weekly also exposed Ramin as having threatened deputy assessors with disciplinary action if they didn’t see eye to eye with his demands for lowered property tax assessments and had faced accusations of failing to turn over subpoenaed evidence.
So, who would I be looking at if I was in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office? If I was a suspicious individual, I’d be looking at another Bolour, Mehdi Bolour.
First and foremost, Mehdi held a fundraiser at his $30,000,000 Beverly Hills mansion for John Noguez’s election campaign. Secondly, it’s not like he has no history of coordinating his campaign contributions with Eskandar: at least as early as September 19, 1995, both of them just happened to make contributions to “Citizens for Waters” (as in Rep. Maxine Waters) and I don’t actually think that it was by coincidence. Incidentally (“coincidentally” maybe….) the contributions were for identical amounts as well.
Campaign contributors to Noguez seemed to have this coincidental ability to wind up with extreme property tax reductions. Take the Namvar family (like Mehdi Bolour, Iranian-Jewish). An October 18, 2012 letter to then District Attorney Steve Cooley from a group calling itself “Namvar Creditors” accused the Namvar family of benefiting like this from their campaign contributions, but that letter’s posting on the internet has since been ruled libelous by the Los Angeles Superior Court, albeit pursuant to a default judgment in Case No BC 499906.
Reliable sources tell me that a potential investigation by the District Attorney’s office in connection with his activities on behalf of John Noguez is not the only thing Mehdi has to worry about these days. The man has a penchant for making enemies and in spite of the fact that he’s probably a billionaire, if not at least a millionaire hundreds of times over, he has a reputation of having gotten to that status by (a) being a cheapskate who nickels and dimes even his “friends” in business deals and (b) by making lots of enemies. Several of his so-called “handshake deals” (deals that are inevitably complicated, convoluted, and which wind up frequently screwing his friends while he winds up holding the bag of loot at the end) are about to blow up in his face. In fact it’s been suggested to me that Mehdi will soon be facing a private civil suit with purportedly nasty allegations about his business practices.
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Note especially the Littlerock Town Council Resolution documents following the exchange between Attorney Olaf Landsgaard and the Local Agency Formation Commission….for past context, see:
Come and see a lecture on the Lawrence Singleton — Mary Vincent case, 10/10/13 —
Excerpts from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Singleton
On September 29, 1978, Singleton picked up 15-year-old Mary Vincent of Las Vegas while she was hitchhiking in Berkeley, California, raped her, and then severed both her forearms with a hatchet, throwing her off a 30-foot cliff outside of Modesto, California, leaving her naked and near death. She managed to pull herself back up the cliff and alert a passerby, who took her to a hospital. By the time Singleton was arrested, Vincent was fitted with prosthetic arms.
At Singleton’s trial six months after the assault, Vincent faced her assailant and relived the traumatic ordeal in court. Her testimony helped convict him. As she left the witness stand, he swore he would kill her. Singleton received a 14-year sentence, the maximum allowed by law in California at that time.
While Vincent won a $2.56 million civil judgment against Singleton, she was unable to collect it when Singleton revealed that he was unemployed, in poor health, and had only $200 in savings.
Along with the particularly gruesome and callous aspects of the crime, the case became even more notorious after Singleton was paroled after serving only eight years in prison. He was paroled to Contra Costa County, California, but no town would accept his presence, so he had to live in a trailer on the grounds of San Quentin until his parole ended a year later.
In the spring of 1997, a neighbor called police and reported seeing 69-year old Singleton strangling a nude woman in his house. When police arrived, they found Singleton drunk with his shirt open and blood smeared over his chest. Inside, police found the nude, bloody corpse of 31-year-old prostitute Roxanne Hayes; she had been stabbed seven times in the face and chest.[11
Subject: Re: The illusion of power—By Irv Sutley
(The analysis is followed by Bella De Soto’s email to which it responds)
This attempt at a purge of Bella De Soto from the Los Angeles County Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party seems in large part to be in retaliation for Bella’s political stance in support of Palestine. It is a shock to see that in California’s most populous county which has the largest number of Peace and Freedom Party registrants in the state, there were apparently only four other people besides Bella bothering to show up at a meeting. As Jan Tucker can attest, the L.A. CCC in prior years and decades had a huge active membership and made political impacts which had both state and national consequences. And this latest meeting offers the spectacle of four people plotting to dump 20% of the participating membership.
The failure of the L.A. CCC officers to notify Bella of earlier campaign meetings in Los Angeles and exclude her from participation is similar to the undemocratic purge of Paul Dahmen from the leadership of Florida’s Peace and Freedom Party and from the National Organizing Committee. Several of California’s PFP officers were involved in both Paul and Bella’s situations as well as engineering my six week suspension from the party’s discussion listserve for exposing the anti-Semitic attack on Jan Tucker. Paul paid a far higher price than I did for outing this racist, lying document.
This Los Angeles situation compares with the California State Central Committee which started the current two year term (2012-2014) with about 115 members but has declined to around 75 with 13 officers. These state officers seem to constitute an undemocratic Politburo who operate under questionable by-laws that denies organized out of favor counties (such as my own, Sonoma County) from any meaningful part of the decision making processes of the party. Under state law the registrants of each organized county are to have membership on the State Executive Committee – a principle which the officers have done away with in order to self tenure their own titles and illusion of power.
In large part, it can be considered as the “Politics of Powerlessness” as the state officers try to micro manage every single detail and facet of members political lives, while abandoning any pretense of feminism in the effort to centralize all endorsements, procedures, and events under their theory of Leadership Vanguardism.
From: Bella De Soto
Sent: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:44 AM
Hi xxxx, et al: I will now be sharing a mail Notice I just received, but was expecting it for a very long time… xxxxx xxxxxxxxx, Secretary of the local Peace and Freedom Party local Chapter actually conspired to introduce a Motion against me, but it was not on the last Committee Agenda on Thursday Sept.19/13. This meeting which starts at 7PM, did not start till nearly 7:30, because I arrived 5 minutes after 7, and only xxxxx xxxxxxxxx and Husband xxxx xxxxxxx were present, who immediately walked out, to plot a motion of expulsion against me, which I overheard xxxx saying to his Wife xxxxx, in low voice outside the meeting hall door, reminding her that she could not present a motion, not reflected in the Agenda!. I began reading the Agenda and Minutes, waited a few minutes more in an empty room, and then decided to vacate, walked to my car, and I was approaching my automobile, I noticed xxxxx , Husband xxxx, xxxx xxxxxx (Committee Chair in paper only!), and xxxxx xxxxxxxx, who had just arrived together in xxxx’s car, all four were consulting across the sidewalk from the meeting hall. I quickly got in my auto and drove away.
There is much, but for later discussion…
—– xxxxx xxxxxxxxx has been on a personal crusade to push me from the local P&FP Committee since 2008. I knew this was in the works since I joined the party in 2008, when Ralph Nader was running for President, and I helped him get elected as PFP Presidential Candidate in Sacramento at the party Convention. xxxxx has never addressed me personally on any of her bogus charges, instead has spread many rumors about me in the activist community. So I hear from other activists what the intent is, but during the monthly meetings, I am met with much animosity. I have maintained my attendance because Socialism is not about personalities, but a urgent global matter.
Regarding your LACCC membership
Inbox Peace & Freedom Party L.A. <email@example.com>
1:14 AM (10 hours ago) to me (Bella De Soto) October 2, 2013
This is an official notice from the L.A. County Central Committee to Ms. Bella de Soto. At the L.A. County Central Committee Meeting of September 19, a motion for your expulsion was made, seconded and passed under provisions of L.A. County bylaw 5. Charges related to expulsion fall under L.A.C.C.C. by –law 3; section g: “…intimidation and interruptions, disrespecting the chair and the membership, and using abusive language.”
The expulsion vote will be placed on the Agenda of the LACCC meeting of October 17th, 2013, and will be voted on at that time. Per by –law 6, you will be given an opportunity to speak for yourself at that time. Following that, a maximum of two speakers for and two against may be heard from. A two thirds vote by secret ballot is required for expulsion.
A member who is expelled may appeal to the SCC or State Convention. (By Law 7).
The L.A. County Central Committee.
<>Consider the environment when printing e-mails.
I hear tell that the leadership of the Peace & Freedom Party has gotten around to adopting one of my platform positions–from 1996. I always knew that the cabal of control freaks that currently controls the party was a little on the “slow” side, mentally, but waiting 17 years to implement a sane idea after it was proposed is a bit much even for these imbeciles. Since the PFP leadership can usually be counted on to do the opposite of whatever I propose, no matter how sane, reasonable, and/or necessary, my guess is that they forgot that I proposed and campaigned for this during my 1996 Presidential bid in which I placed second out of four candidates and beat the leadership’s candidate as well as the Feiginite faction’s candidate (the faction that the leadership “Berkeley Bullshevik” faction then proceeded to get into bed with to rule the party with an iron fist).
Because money doesn’t grow on trees, my stance on party reorganization in 1996 included using professional fundraising. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, July 7, 1996, “Valley Man is a Rebel with Disparate Causes:”
“Our party’s organizational principles resemble those of the Marx Brothers more closely than those of Karl Marx,” Tucker wrote in a typically blunt candidate statement advocating professional fundraising and publicity coordination to spruce up the party’s image.
Over the years, PFP had some very interesting ways of raising money and some very interesting contributors. In the very early days of the party, when consenting adult pornography was still criminalized in California and PFP took a libertarian (and libertine) approach to abolishing laws against the criminalization of consenting adult behavior, many Los Angeles area underground pornographers were big contributors to the party’s coffers. Some even donated what used to be called “blue movies,” then-illegal porn (and by today’s standards, very mild and tame) for screening at PFP fundraising parties. Some of these pornographers were active members of PFP central committees.
Sometimes, PFP’s commitment to the full legalization of the use, sale, cultivation, and manufacture of Marijuana got some amazing results. Michael Zaharakis, running a spirited campaign for State Assembly in the Santa Cruz area in the early seventies, found a large package of cash in the basket after passing it around at a speaking event. It was labelled as being a donation from the Santa Cruz County Marijuana Grower’s Association.
In the days when then-Democratic Secretary of State Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr was enforcing filing fees to run for public office–later struck down as completely unconstitutional 9-0 by the United States Supreme Court–in 1972 PFP candidates throughout California got caught up in a scandal where Republicans doled out cash to pay the unconstitutional fees to help PFP siphon off votes from Democrats. The Democrats didn’t actively pursue the investigation into these payments because they knew that if the government really got involved, it would lead to all sorts of questionable Democratic financing of right-wing American Independent Party candidacies to siphon off Republican voters.
Anyway, with the adoption of one plank of my platform for internal party reform seventeen years after I proposed it, maybe, just maybe, PFP is dragging itself kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
Nothing has changed at the Vatican, except that the Pope continues the tradition of his predecessors of being a transvestite:
Pope Francis’ Vatican Excommunicates Pro-LGBT Priest– forwarded by Thomas Scott Tucker through Shane Que Hee with my commentary at the bottom per Judy Fjell….
Last week, Pope Francis once again made international headlines by saying something nice about LGBT people. And just like the last time Francis had nice-sounding words for our community, I was the proverbial fly in the ointment, counseling caution even as others tripped over themselves to praise the pontiff. As I noted then, Francis’s words represented a change in tone, not in teaching — and while that’s very nice and all, the way the official Church treats gays and lesbians isn’t likely to improve in anything more than a superficial manner until Catholicism no longer calls us “intrinsically disordered.”
Sadly, just days after Pope Francis scolded his church for being “obsessed” with LGBT rights and women’s rights, his Vatican is proving exactly how little has actually changed: Fr. Greg Reynolds (above), a Roman Catholic priest from Australia, was excommunicated from that church — get this — because he supports marriage equality and women’s ordination. And the order came right from the Vatican.
The document excommunicating Father Greg Reynolds was written in Latin, and which gave no reasons, came from the Vatican, and came just days after Pope Francis’ speech.
Father Reynolds had told The Age that he expected to be defrocked, but that he did not expect to be excommunicated.
“In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect,” he said.
“I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage… The Vatican never contacted me, and it gives no explanation.”
Excommunication is the method by which the Catholic Church kicks people out, formally excludes them from the community of believers. Its use as a penalty is exceedingly rare and is reserved only for what it views as the most serious of sins.
What sins exactly? Well, not child rape — no priests have ever been excommunicated for that. But supporting marriage equality and women’s ordination? In Pope Francis’s Vatican, that’s apparently far worse than pedophilia and, as such, an excommunicable offense.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: when it comes to the way the Catholic Church treats LGBT people, actions speak far louder than words. And today’s actions confirm that on that front — breathless, pearl-clutching adulation for Pope Francis notwithstanding — nothing of substance has changed.
NOW, THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE POPES’ WARDROBES PRIMARILY CONSIST OF DRESSES:
TAKE A LEAP, JOHN PAUL ©1987 Judy Fjell (BMI)
Please Mr. Pope, John Paul,
Now that you’re here tell us all
In the safety of this drag queen town
You can whisper to us why you are wearing that gown
We won’t breathe a word to the press
If you will just confess
Why in the name of God you wear dresses to cover your bod
Are you afraid of your body?
Then you’ve learned your lesson well
The church proclaims the flesh is naughty
And leads us all down the path to hell
But now I guess we’ll be the ones to break it to ya
Wearing dresses ain’t the way to hallelujah
So, Johnny, jump down off of old St. Peter’s rock
And you can swish all you want when you walk
‘Cause we’re not ashamed of anybody in this city by the bay
We try to love everybody, man or woman, beast or priest
Lesbian, bisexual, straight or gay
So get down off your Vatican high horse
And stop all this papal discourse
All your hoo-hah on homosexuality and such
Well, we think thou dost protest too much
Don’t be ashamed of your closet
It’s the envy of so many men in this town
Don’t leave your hat in San Francisco
Unless you leave your matching gown
What we’re tryin’ to say, JP
Is to be all you can be
And if the pressure to wear pants is ever too much in Rome
Just put your skirts on and fly back home
Because here in this city
It’s more than okay to dress and be gay
No need for fear or pious pity
In a place where anyone, even you, can be queen for a day
So take a leap, John Paul, take a chance
Take off your loafers and join in the dance
If I’m a human you can be one, too
There could be room in this city for you, JP II
There could be room in this city for me and you
Honey Pie Music PO Box 1515 Big Timber, MT 59011
The shooting at the Washington DC Naval Yard by Aaron Alexis has once again brought up the issues of background checks as a deterrent to criminals and the mentally ill getting their hands on firearms. There is a huge loophole in the NICS–National Instant Criminal Background Check System–that gun control advocates and gun rights activists will probably agree there is a desperate need to fix. The devil will be in the details, but the debate is urgent and needs to begin.
Title 28 CFR § 25.4 (CFR=Code of Federal Regulations)
Record source categories.
It is anticipated that most records in the NICS Index will be obtained from Federal agencies. It is also anticipated that a limited number of authorized state and local law enforcement agencies will voluntarily contribute records to the NICS Index. Information in the NCIC and III systems that will be searched during a background check has been or will be contributed voluntarily by Federal, state, local, and international criminal justice agencies. [Emphasis added]
So let’s consider the case of how you get overseas criminal records on convicted felons from nations that don’t consider their records to be public and keep them very close to the vest in dealing with the United States government? It’s not like every nation in the world is completely truthful with us.
So called Communist countries were very skillful in exporting their criminals and mental cases to the United States during the Cold War. Some instances were rapid and dramatic like the Marielito Boatlift when Cuba cleaned out its prisons and mental asylums and sent thousands of its problems to the US to become our problems, as dramatically portrayed in Al Pacino’s Scarface. Under its quota system for so-called Jewish refugees, the old Soviet Union made it a lot easier for criminals and the criminally insane to get into the United States than legitimate dissidents and gradually cleaned out many of its most despicable and heinous desperadoes and made them our problem.
Let’s look at some examples:
“Crazy Klenshteyn” ran a jewelry shop in the Fairfax area having immigrated as a so-called persecuted Jewish dissident from Odessa (now in the Ukraine, then part of the USSR) in the 80s. According to his neighbors, he’d spent years in and out of mental institutions in the old country. When they moved into an apartment in Fairfax he and his wife made life a living hell for their neighbors: he exposed himself to an old woman; his wife tried to toss boiling water at somebody! When I accompanied an attorney to serve eviction papers on them, the wife took the papers and slapped the attorney in the face with them. I displayed my handcuffs as a warning to her that if she didn’t calm down, she’d face arrest and she later told the police that I’d twisted her arm behind her back and handcuffed her (luckily the police detective knew some of my police buddies and also knew the reputation of the Klenshteyn family and agreed the charges were insane). The night before they left the apartment following the judge’s eviction order, they hammered hundreds of nails into the wooden floor of their apartment to destroy it.
What really, really scared the Klenshteyn’s neighbors is that as a jewelry store owner his neighbors reported seeing him with a gun…but if he ever had needed a background check to buy one, do you think that the Soviet authorities would have ever admitted his mental or criminal record? If they had, they’d be admitting to their whole scheme to export a huge part of their criminal problems to the United States back in the 80s.
Israel has been exporting many of its problems to the United States, whether by design or inadvertently, leading to the presence in the United States of serious cells of the Jerusalem Network of the Israeli Mafia. One of the enforcers of the Jerusalem Network–let’s call him “Mr. DBB”–has a Nevada Concealed Weapons Permit and sports a handgun with him while he carries out unlicensed (and inherently illegal) “collections” for mobsters throughout Las Vegas. According to reliable sources, Mr. DBB did time in an Israeli prison along with his co-defendant Gabriel Ben Harosh–another notorious Jerusalem Network degenerate–for crimes involving violence and extortion. On one such Clark County, Nevada “collection” he came with Brett Gordon Pekrul…another real piece of work (like, check out his criminal record):
On Tuesday September 24, 2013 the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation (BHHF) will announce a private sector film production fund for independent ventures in California. This is a major step towards bringing Hollywood home and providing the kind of decent well paying jobs that have been critical to the economy of Los Angeles and other communities throughout California. The Latino Weekly Review article linked above contains the press conference details, noting that:
Gerald Wolf, Jack Mansour, Martin Guigui, Jerry Heller, Polo Munoz, Ed Madinya, Stephen Seidel, Dr. Juan Rodriguez Flores, Gary Visconti, Doreen Spicer Dannerly, Lydia Grant, Kristee Clark, Jan B. Tucker among other guests will announce their participation in the press conference.
At the request of the BHHF, I have invited the participation of Mayor Eric Garcetti and am awaiting his response. He picked up the mantle of promoting the “bring Hollywood home” message from Kevin James who’d made the issue a prime focus of his primary campaign and promised appointment of a Film Czar for Los Angeles (who I hope will be Sharon Hardee Jimenez of BHHF, who has been endorsed for the post by San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles NOW and the California League of Latin American Citizens).