Unite Against War on Women – a New Beginning


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For Background:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/03/27/rally-against-the-war-on-women/

This is what I posted earlier today in the aftermath of yesterday’s Unite Against the War on Women Rally in our Facebook organizing page:

Sherry, Nanette, Kelly, Katie, Becky, Gemma, and everybody else: just wanted to say that as you can imagine, I’ve been involved in a lot of protest demonstrations for more than 4 decades and what you made happen in such a short time span was outstanding. The effect it had on all the participants is part of a new wave of feminist activism whose effect will be felt for many years to come in the movement. Past rejuvenating waves like this I saw in 1989 after the Supreme Court’s Webster decision and again in 1991 with the Anita Hill – Clarence Thomas hearings. You all can be very proud of your role at this historical moment.

New Activists, New Friends

There are occasions when you know instantly that you’ve met people who will become friends for the rest of your life.  Yesterday was one of those days.  The women I met yesterday are exemplified in spirit by Joe Hill’s (famous Industrial Workers of the World organizer) song about Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (which I first heard when sung by my old friend Joanna Cazden):

There are women of many descriptions
In this queer world, as everyone knows.
Some are living in beautiful mansions,
And are wearing the finest of clothes.
There are blue blooded queens and princesses,
Who have charms made of diamonds and pearl;
But the only and thoroughbred lady
Is the Rebel Girl.

That’s the Rebel Girl, that’s the Rebel Girl!
To the working class she’s a precious pearl.
She brings courage, pride and joy
To the fighting Rebel Boy.
We’ve had girls before, but we need some more
In the Industrial Workers of the World.
For it’s great to fight for freedom
With a Rebel Girl.

Yes, her hands may be hardened from labor,
And her dress may not be very fine;
But a heart in her bosom is beating
That is true to her class and her kind.
And the grafters in terror are trembling
When her spite and defiance she’ll hurl;
For the only and thoroughbred lady
Is the Rebel Girl.

So who are the new Rebel Girl’s I’ve met and worked with:

Attorney Sherry Lear:  in a sequence of serendipitous events beginning a few years back, a private investigator buddy refers Sherry to me as she needs to some work nearby (we both operate out of the Los Angeles South Bay).  I’d never met her in person; everything was over the telephone or by email.  So a few weeks ago, I get an email from Sherry about my being in the National Organization for Women and can I help with getting support for the Unite Against the War Against Women rally.  Can I ever!  Haven’t had this much fun since last year’s Los Angeles Slutwalk [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/06/06/new-face-new-wave-of-feminism/]!

Sherry Lear (L) Nanette Harrison (R)

So Sherry has hooked up with Nanette Harrison, Kelly Lett, Katie German and a whole bunch of other fabulous feminists out of pent up reaction (revulsion maybe?) to all of the seriously sick and twisted attacks on women, from MCPs (Male Chauvinist Pigs) like Rush Limbaugh calling a woman who supports birth control a slut to the Republican majority in the House of Representatives that have attacked everything from birth control and women’s health services to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA, authored originally by then-Senator Joe Biden).

Old Friends in a small world….

L to R, Gemma, Cheryl, Becky & Janice working security at the 4-28-12 rally

So naturally I get on the horn and beat the drums to see who I can get to help out with the rally and my private investigator friend and colleague Becky Altringer steps up to the plate to help with event security and on top of it all, brings in Gemma Beristain, a private patrol operator who gets her employees to work the security detail with us.  Gemma’s company is PBI–Picore Beristain Initiative, Inc. and she’s got a great crew of people.

When I see who also shows up at the rally, it starts to seem like a reunion of sorts with political blasts from the past.

Blase Bonpane

Blase Bonpane

One of the slated speakers was Blase Bonpane, founder of the Office of the Americas, a human rights group that deals with issues throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Blase and I go way back.  I was his grad assistant in 1978 while working my way through graduate school.  Blase also covered for me as my professor, when I needed an excuse to obtain the home addresses and contact information for the employees of a guard service I was working for (I was an organizer for Local 1 of the American Federation of Guards) on the pretext that I was going to do a survey for my term paper.

Blase is a giant of a figure in history.  As a Maryknoll Priest in Guatemala in the 50s, he was organizing the indigenous and oppressed until the progressive regime of Jacobo Arbenz was ousted by an Eisenhower ordered CIA overthrow of the government.  When he refused to stop supporting the progressive forces, Blase was ordered defrocked by the Catholic Church and expelled from Guatemala.  He then went to Peru, where he administered Catholic sacraments, prompting the Pope to order him excommunicated.  Having nothing left to lose, he married a nun, Sister Teresa, and that really pissed off the church!

Carol A. Downer

Carol Downer

There’s a lot I can say about Carol Downer but the bottom line is, she is the founder of the pro-choice and women’s health activism movement in Los Angeles, and that doesn’t come close to saying it all.  Check out the Wikipedia article which says it better:


Angel Luevano, Natl Vice President of the National League of Latin American Citizens

Angel and Argentina Luevano (Argentina is Natl VP Far West of NLLAC) joined me at the rally and staffed our Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition (SFV/NELA NOW, California League of Latin American Citizens, California LULAC Institute, and Todos Unidos) table, signing up potential members and volunteers and distributing literature.  Angel spoke to the assemblage about his experiences working for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor and how his lawsuit resulted in the “Luevano Consent Decree” which established equal opportunity standards for women and minorities in federal employment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu%C3%A9vano_v._Campbell).

L to R: Argentina Luevano, Jan Perry, Jan B. Tucker

Jan Perry

Jan probably doesn’t remember this but I met her around 1998 when she was in charge of the Census 2000 Outreach Project for the City of Los Angeles at a monthly breakfast of the South County Labor coalition of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.  Today, Jan is the only woman on Los Angeles’s 15 member City Council and a candidate for Mayor.  Yesterday, she was the only City official to personally show up to demonstrate her support for our movement.

Heather Martin

There’s much to tell about Heather [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/01/20/update-on-her-royal-majesty/] that you’ve just got to check out the link to my last blog about her.  It’s great to have followed Heather’s progress in life from passionate high school feminist activist to where she was yesterday, covering the rally for the Los Angeles Post [http://www.thelosangelespost.org/about-us-3/contributors/].

In Conclusion

There really is no conclusion to this blog posting because what happened yesterday is a new beginning in a new wave of activism.  If there is one thing I can suggest however, is that if you think you can be complacent about your rights and your liberties without being an activist, guess again.  There is a war going on in America.  It’s a great cultural war in which control freaks and religious fanatics are trying to turn the clock back about 60 years, if not more.  You can enlist in the cause of women’s liberation or you can stand on the sidelines and watch as your right to control the uses of your own body slip away.



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Mount Kellett’s Book of Revelations–Chapter Two


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The first time I blogged about Mount Kellett [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/03/16/romneyizing-los-angeles/] I noted that a couple of the “hole cards” we were holding in the legal game being played out between Mount Kellett Capital Management and the companies they were targeting in Los Angeles were that:

  • Their lawyers didn’t bother to read the fine print in the pre-existing contracts they’re litigating before filing unlawful detainer suits (or alternatively, they did read the fine print and gambled that we wouldn’t catch them in a serious legal problem);
  • Somebody kept the proverbial “two sets of books” and probably didn’t bother to tell their lawyers

After the following blog postings this post will come full circle as these revelations are now filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in a Demurrer to the Complaint filed in Case No. 12 U 04551.






Forgery and Perjury

There are some very juicy tidbits in the Demurrer filed in this unlawful detainer action:

  • If there is one thing that is clear and unambiguous about the pleadings in this matter it is that they cannot possibly be reconciled with each other. Assuming arguendo that neither of the signatures on the verifications is a forgery (which this Defendant only assumes for the sake of demurrer since Defendant has obtained a voluntary handwriting exemplar from one of the purported signers and already knows that one of the signatures is a forgery in violation of Section 470 of the Penal Code) then at least one of the signers has committed perjury in violation of Section 118 of the California Penal Code.
  • In the 1st complaint (BC479498 – Feb.28.2012) the Plaintiff attached a Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, contended that the Defendant had not paid rent since March 1, 2011, and claims the amount due and outstanding as being $1,200,245.00.

    In the 2nd complaint (12U04551 – Apr.6.2012) the Plaintiff now contends that Defendant owes $200,000.00 and not $1,200,245.00, and states that the amount of $200,000.00 is amount due thru April 2. 2012.

One really  has to ponder, maybe wonder, just what Evoq’s lawyers knew and when they knew it.  The California State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 5-200) states in pertinent part:

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;

Likewise, there are two important California Business & Professions Code Sections of interest:

Section 6068 (in pertinent part):

6068.  It is the duty of an attorney to do all of the following:
   (a) To support the Constitution and laws of the United States and
of this state.
   (b) To maintain the respect due to the courts of justice and
judicial officers.
   (c) To counsel or maintain those actions, proceedings, or defenses
only as appear to him or her legal or just, except the defense of a
person charged with a public offense.
   (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.

Section 6128 (in pertinent part):

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.


Revelation 20:11-15

New International Version (NIV)

The Judgment of the Dead

 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

The discrepancy in the figures that Evoq Properties was claiming in the first lawsuit and in the second is probably explained by my posting of March 16, 2012 (Romneyizing Los Angeles) suggesting that we knew that somebody had been keeping ‘the proverbial “two sets of books’ and probably didn’t bother to tell their lawyers.”  Kind of interesting that just ten days later, March 26, 2012, Evoq Properties dismissed the lawsuit…and inquiring minds want to know whether Evoq’s management panicked because somebody figured out who forged a signature and/or who was keeping two sets of books.

Inquiring minds also want to know what went on between Mount Kellett and its current attorneys and who knew exactly what and when.  Rule 3-600 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the California State Bar is instructive on what the lawyers were supposed to do.  To see the full rule, go to:  http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/Rules/RulesofProfessionalConduct/CurrentRules/Rule3600.aspx.  Two especially relevant sub-sections of the rule are:

(B) If a member acting on behalf of an organization knows that an actual or apparent agent of the organization acts or intends or refuses to act in a manner that is or may be a violation of law reasonably imputable to the organization, or in a manner which is likely to result in substantial injury to the organization, the member shall not violate his or her duty of protecting all confidential information as provided in Business and Professions Code section 6068, subdivision (e). Subject to Business and Professions Code section 6068, subdivision (e), the member may take such actions as appear to the member to be in the best lawful interest of the organization. Such actions may include among others:

(1) Urging reconsideration of the matter while explaining its likely consequences to the organization; or

(2) Referring the matter to the next higher authority in the organization, including, if warranted by the seriousness of the matter, referral to the highest internal authority that can act on behalf of the organization.

(C) If, despite the member’s actions in accordance with paragraph (B), the highest authority that can act on behalf of the organization insists upon action or a refusal to act that is a violation of law and is likely to result in substantial injury to the organization, the member’s response is limited to the member’s right, and, where appropriate, duty to resign in accordance with rule 3-700.

When working with businesses where a legal Complaint is required to be “verified,” meaning that somebody is swearing under penalty of perjury that the allegations are true or that at least they believe them to be true, an attorney usually asks the company to provide him/her with the signature on the verification form from some company official who has the appropriate knowledge.  So did somebody from inside Evoq provide a forged signature in this litigation and who knew?  Who did the forgery and why hasn’t the company and/or its attorneys had that person arrested?

See the demurrer filed in the Merco Group Case:  http://www.janbtucker.com/files/Aztlan_Demurrer-1_4_19_12.pdf

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Mount Kellett’s Book of Revelations-Chapter One


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A lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 19, 2012,  in which the record of Mount Kellett Capital Management and Evoq Properties, Inc. (Mount Kellett’s target of a successful hostile takeover orchestrated in Bankruptcy Court) is at issue.  Amongst the allegations against Mount Kellett are some real gems:

  • The disparate impact against minorities and immigrants was in part instigated in connection with a “mixed motive” scenario, in which higher management from Mount Kellett Capital Management directed the managers of Evoq to engage in a course of conduct designed to eliminate or at least restrict the cash flow into Evoq to drive its stock price down and thereby enable Mount Kellett to get more control over the stock of Evoq at a cheaper price.
  • Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that the effort to obtain more Evoq stock cheaply was in turn, part and parcel of a scheme to merge Baja Mining, a British Columbia corporation and potentially other entities and assets into a new corporation.

  • Another motive in the mix which precipitated discrimination against minority owned firms was a scheme that enabled the conversion by Evoq of the proceeds of an insurance payout that was predicated upon the need to repair roof and water damage to minority owned businesses; instead of making the repairs, Evoq constructively evicted the tenants to avoid making the needed and necessary repairs.

  • One of the managers brought into Evoq by Mount Kellett engaged in quid pro quo sexual harassment and sex discrimination by insuring higher pay for at least one (and maybe more) women who were sleeping with him and/or keeping quiet about his affairs.
  • The new management brought in by Mount Kellett fired an employee for no other apparent reason other than that he was Gay.
  • The lawsuit alleges that Mount Kellett’s management directed the managers of Evoq to cease hiring employees who spoke foreign languages and to take discriminatory action against minority owned business contractors that Evoq had longstanding relations with.

The Intrigue of Securities Fraud Litigation

Perhaps most intriguing about the lawsuit is the Twelfth Cause of Action for Declaratory Relief re Securities Fraud as defined in 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5.  If the allegations are true, the implications are that the Bankruptcy court’s ouster of the Meruelo – Maddux management (Evoq was formerly “Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc.”) is invalid.  The suit alleges that an unlawful stock dilution effectively robbed secured creditors who held claims against the common stock of Evoq of their assets as well as control of the corporation and its subsidiaries.


Strange Bedfellows

As noted in my past postings on Mount Kellett, COO Jonathan Fiorello contributed to Rep. Michelle Bachmann on the very day that she accused then candidate for President Barack Obama of being a socialist, while CEO Mark McGoldrick gave $50,000 to John McCain while McGoldrick was living in London.  So some might think it unlikely that a company with extreme right wing leanings (like Bachmann supporters at the helm) would get into bed for a real estate deal with a company headed by a liberal Democrat….but amongst the 1%, as Bob Dylan once sang, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”

Rising Realty Partners bought the PacMutual (Pacific Mutual) building at 6th & Olive with financing from Mount Kellett.  CEO Nelson Rising is a big and regular contributor to liberal Democrats, who one might think would be appalled at jumping into a financial bed with a company that is alleged to have discriminated against women, minorities, immigrants, and Gay people, but that seems to be precisely what happened here.

In 2011 alone, Nelson and Sharon Rising gave $35,800 each to the Obama Victory Fund 2012.  They also gave $30,800 each to both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee in 2011.  The Risings have also contributed to Representatives Adam Schiff, Howard Berman, Janice Hahn, Xavier Becerra, Jane Harman, and Nancy Pelosi; Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Jon Tester (Montana), and even my friend Assembly Member Anthony Portantino.

Saul Alinsky once said that “Power goes to two poles:  to those who’ve got the money and to those who’ve got the people.”  Contact me to find out how you can enlist on the side of the people–the 99%–against those who’ve got the money (the 1%):  callac@janbtucker.com



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Mount Kellett Out of Control


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A Battle Won, the War Continues

Big news in our fight with Mount Kellett:  a week ago, on April 3, 2012, the proxy battle between Mount Kellett’s usurpers and Baja Mining’s existing management came to a head when Mount Kellett lost 51% to 49% in its quest to throw out two existing Baja Mining directors and elect two of it’s own flunkies to the Baja Mining board.  With a vote that close, and judging by the volume of behind the scenes email traffic I’ve been getting from Baja Mining stockholders, I imagine that Mount Kellett must be wondering whether my blogging made the difference and what they should have done (or not done) to piss me off.  There’s probably no way of knowing if I made the difference or not, but Mount Kellett sure went to extraordinary lengths to try to knock my blogs off of page one searches for “Mount Kellett.”

A Shake Up or an Earthquake?

Up until recently, the Mount Kellett representatives on the board of directors of Evoq (formerly Meruelo Maddux Properties Inc) were Andrew Axelrod and Albert Ho.  Within the hierarchy of Mount Kellett, Axelrod was senior and Ho junior.  In the wake of the Mount Kellett’s Baja Mining debacle — which has got to have really cost them a lot of credibility (not to mention “face”) in the investing world — Ho is now out and has been replaced by somebody senior in the MK hierarchy to Axelrod (I’m told his name is Kevin McCarthy).  If Ho had been replaced by somebody similarly subordinate in the MK hierarchy to Axelrod, I’d characterize it as a simple shake up.  When somebody is brought in from higher up in the hierarchy, that’s an earthquake.  The sociology and psychology of the action indicates that there is a lack of confidence in the existing representatives to fend off problems and make money for the company.

Some earthquakes can trigger avalanches and that avalanche is just coming over the horizon for Mount Kellett and Evoq.  The key thing to watch for is what Mount Kellett does between now and July 25, 2012.  That is when a $10,000,000 payment is due on Evoq debt.  Where exactly do they intend to come up with the payment?  Nobody can really answer that question since they haven’t bothered to provide either the SEC or their own shareholders with any financial report.  As I’ve pointed out before, they’ve made a mess of Evoq’s finances by cancelling leases and licenses to deprive the company of all of its primary income streams.

Another reason that they probably haven’t filed reports with the SEC might have something to do with the board’s refusal to provide Ernst & Young, the company accountants, with formal representations that their figures are accurate.  Consequently Ernst & Young have refused to issue an audited statement for use with SEC reports that need to be filed under penalty of perjury.

Mount Kellett can’t even dot i’s or cross t’s

Today I went over to 1099 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles where United Paving Company (a dba of Superior Paving Company of La Mirada) was busy paving a lot so that it can be used as a parking lot.  There were several problems apparent with the project:

  • I asked the construction workers and their foreman on the site if they had a paving permit and/or a land use permit enabling the property to be used as a lot.  They didn’t have one.  They’re required not just to have taken out these permits, they’re supposed to have them on-site in case the City Building & Safety Inspectors drop by.  The foreman got me on the telephone with their head office and they confirmed that they hadn’t obtained one and expressed from vague belief that maybe their client had gotten the permits.  This isn’t just a technical problem:  a construction engineer who had observed how they were paving over the lot indicated that they weren’t bothering to compact the asphalt.
  • As an “oh by the way,” the lot they’re paving for parking was permitted to be developed into a twenty story building, not a parking lot.

FRP Sandwich Panel

Then there’s the problem of 788 W 8th Street Los Angeles.  Mount Kellett/Evoq received $1.2 million in an insurance settlement due to water damage and a collapsed roof to fix the facility, which included a cold storage unit.  The building had been utilized by about thirty (30) produce vendors which the Mount Kellett/Evoq folks decided to throw out, destroying their businesses and forcing their employees out of work.  If our calculations are correct, then here’s what these clowns probably did:

  • Terminated a perfectly competent minority contractor who’d begun work on the facility and promptly brought in a higher priced bidder.
  • Ran the project until it ran out of money so that it could not be completed for the amount of the insurance settlement.
  • Stiffed people who’d already worked on the repair project.
  • Ignored the specifications that have already been permitted by City Building & Safety.
  • Used materials that were specifically inferior to those that were permitted, i.e., instead of using FRP insulation (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) in a way that was sandwiched as metal – Styrofoam – metal they’re using nothing but Styrofoam as insulation.  The problem of the way they are using it is that when used like this around the cold storage unit (amongst other structural problems) it will cause condensation which in turn will encourage mold growth which leads inevitably to destruction of the roofing material.  At the risk of making an ad hominem (abusive) comment, this methodology may indicate that some of the people currently involved in the project and those who accepted their bid are real idiots.

This brings up one of the patterns we’re seeing consistently throughout the management of Evoq brought in by Mount Kellett.  If there’s one thing they seem to be consistent about it is replacing ethnic minorities and immigrants (whether employees or independent contractors) with white people and paying them more, whether they’re worth it or not.  At the risk of leaving you dangling, there will be more about this latter topic later, but to whet your appetite, here’s what’s to come:

  • Which employees are paid more than others simply because they’re having sex with one of the people that Mount Kellett brought in to manage Evoq?
  • Which employee was fired solely because he was Gay (and does that make you wonder whether Mount Kellett’s C.O.O.’s support for Michelle Bachmann was just because she called President Obama a socialist or does he also like her and her husband’s homophobic attitudes)?
  • Ted McGonagle was let go by Mount Kellett recently….who’s head is next on the chopping block?
  • Was Mount Kellett’s Evoq managers’ disparate impact policies against minorities, immigrants and Gay people and their tolerance of quid pro quo sexual harassment and discrimination an aberation or was it actually motivated by animus towards these classes of people?

Oh yeah.  As another “oh by the way,” Evoq stock dropped another fifteen cents yesterday (down from $4.50 just the other day) to $4.00….

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Will Mount Kellett ever learn?


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Yesterday, after remaining static for awhile, Evoq’s (formerly Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc.) stock price fell from $4.50 to $4.15.  As I’ve been following this company, and the de facto (as opposed to de jure) people in authority of Evoq which comes from Mount Kellett Capital Management, this little piece of the puzzle I’ve been working out just put things into perspective.  That the stock price dropped was reminiscent of leveraged buyout (LBO) strategies that I’ve seen play out before with my labor union clients when their members became innocent victims of corporate chess-masters.

A typical scenario of how this works in the real world is that a group of insiders who wants to enrich themselves at the expense of a company’s workers, shareholders, and other stakeholders (like vendors and contractors) deliberately drives the stock price down.  Of course that’s illegal, but unless you’re savvy about these matters it’ll never come to the attention of regulatory authorities.  Even if it did, whether or not it’ll be taken seriously or not is questionable, given the efficacy of how the SEC did in dealing with allegations brought to its attention about Bernie Madoff.

Here’s another piece of the puzzle.  In its recent attempt to force its way onto the board of Baja Mining, the existing management of BM said of Mount Kellett:

Mr. Lehner will have access to inside information, and obtain insights that other shareholders do not have regarding the Boleo project.  Mr. Lehner will have access to the strategic planning of the Board.  If he later resigns from the Board, Mount Kellett may use this knowledge to advantage itself, to the detriment of other shareholders. For example, these insights may help Mount Kellett to attempt to take Baja private or to bid on its own or with allies for Baja before Baja’s shareholders realize full value from the completion of the Boleo project.  Mount Kellett has made no commitment to a long-term standstill agreement that would protect other shareholders against the use of inside information. [Emphasis added]

Here’s how I’ve seen this work in the past.  The insiders drive the stock price down to significantly below the value of the physical assets of the company.  They get financing to buy the company’s stock at the artificially low price.  They take the company private and then sell off the assets piece-meal, enriching the insiders while they screw the rest of the shareholders.

The Mount Kellett behavior that suggests this scenario is that instead of trying a strategy to keep money flowing into Evoq from its tenants and license holders, Mount Kellett’s lawyers and real estate managers have been instructed to throw out those tenants and licensees so that its cash flow goes down to nothing.  Evoq has not bothered to file a 10K report with the SEC since 2009, so the shareholders can’t even get an inkling of what the company is actually worth.  With their share prices going down in the market (as happened yesterday), the non-insiders panic and sell off their stock at bargain basement prices.

In order to pull a scheme like this off, its an anything goes that you can get away with program.  For instance, Evoq’s folks got caught with their pants down having provided a lawyer with a forged signature on a court mandated document!  When they realized that we were onto their shenanigans they dismissed the case faster than Gordon Gekko could say “greed is good.”

Raj Maheshwari of Charlestown Capital

Mount Kellett is doing the bidding for their passive and silent partners:  Raj Maheshwari of Charlestown Capital Advisors LLC and Heartland Asset Management Corporation.  They were called out in a series of July 2011 letters from a creditor’s attorney, pointing out that the way that stock dilutions and other tactics had been carried out left their creditor out in the cold:

“….based on my understanding of the Plan, monies to be received on account of the Transfer are not sufficient to satisfy the obligations of the Note, the Holder does not consent to a release of the security interest in the Collateral, and any Collateral so transferred will remain subject to the security interest in favor of the holder.”

A warning to shareholders

As ominous signs of doom presaged Bernie Madoff’s eventual collapse, shareholders of Evoq should heed these warning signs that are no longer even on the horizon.  If you are a shareholder in Evoq and/or a stakeholder like the tenants and licensees that are already under attack, please contact me immediately to join the others who are uniting to fight against this economic attack.  Look at your stock ownership portfolio to see if what you think you own actually is still in your account.  Why?  One shareholder I spoke to just recently discovered that in spite of a federal bankruptcy court ruling that enabled Mount Kellett’s henchmen to take back 50% of his stock at substantially discounted compensation, they wound up taking 90% of his holdings without his consent or permission.

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Freedom for Peter F Paul


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Private Investigator Becky Altringer

I (Becky Altringer) am a Private Investigator who discovered while working for one of my clients that Peter F. Paul was being detained in prison for more than 2 years after he had completed his sentence imposed on him because he blew the whistle on the abuse of power and corruption by President and Mrs. Clinton, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and agencies of the US Department of Justice.    I began to look further into the illegal incarceration of Mr. Paul and learned that more than 350,000 Americans had originally supported Mr. Paul’s whistle blowing efforts from 2001-2009.    I discovered that after 5 years waiting for sentencing in home confinement with his infant children, virtually imprisoned with him, had been tricked by the US Attorney for Eastern District of New York not to withdraw his guilty plea and exposing further government misconduct in exchange for receiving full credit for all 96 months he was confined.

(L) Hilary Clinton (R) Peter F. Paul

When Mr. Paul reported to the Bureau of Prisons to complete the sentence imposed, the Attorney General, refused to apply the credit he agreed to at sentencing, keeping Mr. Paul confined now for more than 130 months.    I felt I had to do whatever I could to require that the Attorney General end the political persecution and unlawful imprisonment of Mr. Paul after he had completed the outrageous sentence imposed on him.    It is time for the Attorney General, Eric Holder to keep his promise and release Mr. Paul immediately. — Becky Altringer

Change.org Petition to Free Peter F. Paul:



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Rally Against the War on Women


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The National Organization for Women and my chapter, San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles NOW, The Valley’s Voice for Choice, are supporting the Unite Against The War on Women march and rally set for downtown Los Angeles.  I’m happy to say that the rally has also been endorsed by our Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition ally, the California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC) and its national affiliate, the National League of Latin American Citizens (NLLAC).

I don’t have to tell you how critical it is to organize in today’s political arena if you’re alive, breathing, and have even a minimal concept of what’s going on in America.   We thought that we were under assault with women’s clinic blockades and the murders of doctors who performed abortions.  Today we’re faced with people trying to roll back the clock to well before the Roe vs Wade decision of 1973:  fanatics are contesting the basis of the Griswold vs Connecticut decision of 1965 which legalized birth control!

Now is the time to unite against the attempt by fanatics to turn back the clock on women’s rights.  We need to get out in the streets to demonstrate that we will not go back and that we will fight until full equality is won.   Complacency and worrying about what our detractors might think about demonstrating and demanding equality in this situation is synonymous with defeat, for as Susan B. Anthony taught us:

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences…

Be there or be square…..

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00am until 3:00pm

This event will start at Pershing Square located in downtown Los Angeles. We will gather starting at 10:00 a.m. at the south side of Pershing Square, along 6th Street, speakers will start at 10:30 a.m., at 11:00 a.m., we will march from 6th Street, to Main Street and then head up to Temple Street to Fletcher Bowron Square, which is located at Main and Temple, right across from City Hall. Our rally program will begin at 12:00 p.m. with speakers and entertainment.

Pershing Square has historically been a venue where protest has made its home.  In 1900, King Camp Gillette (inventor of the safety razor) and Henry Gaylord Wilshire (for whom Wilshire Blvd is named) were arrested along with thousands of their fellow socialists (that year Wilshire was running for Congress in the 6th District of California on the ticket of the Social Democratic Party of America); they were arrested and jailed for reading the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States without getting a permit from the police department to speak in public!  We’ve come a long way in Los Angeles from those dark days and we dare not go back.

If you can volunteer time to work on the preparation committee for this rally, email:

info@sfvnow.org  and, check out the Facebook Page to invite your friends:


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What is Mount Kellett Thinking


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I really can’t fathom what Mount Kellett is thinking in its effort to infiltrate the board of directors of Baja Mining (which, given their pattern and practice, is just a prelude to a hostile takeover of the company, as Baja Mining’s current management has charged).  There are some subjective reasons why this doesn’t pass the smell test with me.

First off, check out my last two posts on the subject:



Here are some of the questions this state of affairs raises in my mind.

Michelle Bachmann, who has called President Obama a socialist and pledged during her own presidential campaign to deport an estimated 10-12 million undocumented immigrants

On October 21, 2008, Mount Kellett Chief Operating Officer Jonathan D. Fiorello made a campaign contribution to Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s re-election campaign, the very day that she publicly accused then Senator (now President) Obama of being a socialist.  Maybe it has escaped Mount Kellett, but the company is seeking to get a say in how Baja Mining is run and that Baja California is part of Mexico.  There are three major political parties in Mexico, the PAN (Partido Accion Nacional), the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), and the PRD (Partideo Revolucionario Democratica).  Of the three, the latter two, PRI and PRD, are both full member parties of the Socialist International.  Defections from PAN, the current ruling presidential party, to the PRI and PRD, reported by Reuters on March 14, make it increasingly likely that the PRI will regain the presidency and that between them, the PRI and PRD will have a leftist voting majority in the Mexican Congress.

I imagine that the PRI and the PRD will be real thrilled that Baja Mining may be taken over by a company whose Chief Operating Officer is so far to the right that he backs candidates who think that President Obama is a socialist.  That alone is bad enough, but when it gets around in Mexico that Mount Kellett C.O.O. Jonathan D. Fiorello contributed money to a candidate who wants to deport millions of Mexican citizens back to Mexico, well, that may just raise some historical hackles that rankle Mexicans in the extreme.

Just for starters, Mexicans who learn history in their schools receive a far more objective picture of the history of United States/Mexican relations than do most Americans.  They are likely to view the land-grab that the United States pulled off in the “Mexican-American War” as a great historical tragedy and insult.  In that war, the United States of America took half of Mexico’s territory in a manner that included “atrocities” as described by then Army Captain Ullyses S. Grant.  It was a war that saw the only mass desertion of American soldiers in history, when mostly Irish immigrant soldiers who were appalled at the atrocities being committed by other Americans defected to the Mexican side forming the now famous San Patricio Corps (still celebrated as heroes in Mexico).

Decade of Betrayal documents the horrendous ethnic cleansing of Mexicans and Chicanos by U.S. authorities

In spite of the guarantees of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Protocols of Quaretaro which ended the Mexican-American War guaranteeing full and equal rights and protections to Mexicans and their descendants living in the United States, American authorities from President Hoover on down to municipal and county officials throughout the country ethnically cleansed approximately 2,000,000 people, forcing them (frequently at gun point) to leave their homes and go to Mexico during the Great Depression.  None of the 2 million were here illegally, and 1.2 million of those forced out of the country were citizens of the United States of America.

So, how thrilled do you think that Mexico will be to realize that the Chief Operating Officer of Mount Kellett contributed campaign cash to a member of Congress who wants to throw more millions of people out of the United States and into Mexico?  Mexico is not incorrect to feel itself wronged in this matter.  Given that 1.2 million American citizens were illegally deported in the 1930s, how can US authorities even figure out whether somebody is actually here illegally:  what if their parents or grandparents were American citizens unconstitutionally thrown out of the United States?  That makes them citizens of the United States.

I don’t think that people in Mexico are going to be very happy at Mount Kellett having a say in how Mexico’s national resources are developed.

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Mount Kellett’s War on Workers


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Mark Edward McGoldrick of Mount Kellett

One characteristic of the so-called 1% that are the new economic royalists of the world is that they can afford to kick in serious amounts of money to politicians who they believe will support their economic interests and social agendas.  Mark Edward McGoldrick of Mount Kellett Capital Management is one of this new class of nobility who can afford to do just that.  For background, see my last post on the issues surrounding Mount Kellett’s foray into the economic morass of Los Angeles, at:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/03/16/romneyizing-los-angeles/

When I wrote my last blog on Mount Kellett, I hadn’t yet checked out the records on their top peoples’ campaign contributions to see if they had a political agenda to supplement their strictly economic endeavors.   Politics and business go hand in hand at that level.  Indeed, one of the eminent Political Scientists of the 20th Century, Harold D. Laswell, wrote his seminal book (1935) on this subject:  Politics: Who Gets What, When, How.

So, what is the political bent of Mount Kellett’s top tier?  On July 11, 2008, McGoldrick, then residing in the United Kingdom, contributed $50,000 to John McCain’s presidential campaign.  Also in 2008, Mount Kellett Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Fiorello made a campaign contribution to Representative (and later Presidential candidate) Michelle Bachmann in her re-election campaign for Congress.  Fiorello’s contribution was made on October 21, 2008, four (4) days after Bachmann said of then-Presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama “I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views” and on the very day that she tacitly accused Obama of being a socialist:  “I’m very concerned about Barack Obama’s views. I don’t believe that socialism is a good thing for America.”

Also of interest in this discussion is the acquisition by Mount Kellett of over six (6) million shares of stock in Huntsman Corporation — yes, that Huntsman Corporation — whose employees and their family members and political action committee (PAC) contributed over $200,000 to Jon M. Huntsman Jr.’s (son of the founder/owner) Presidential campaign and over $1.8 million to the Our Destiny super-PAC which (supposedly) “independently” campaigned for Jon Jr.

So, in light of my prior blog on Mount Kellett’s assault on the jobs and livelihoods of Los Angeles workers and potentially workers in Canada and Baja California  I’ve entitled this blog posting Mount Kellett’s War on Workers.  That’s of course in the context of the national Republican attack on the rights of workers and unions in general.

What’s to come?  Yesterday, Mount Kellett filed its 13G with the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) announcing its acquisition of over eight (8) million shares in Mueller Water, a national company headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  Should Mueller’s investors, employees and other stakeholders be worried, given the corporate culture Mount Kellett’s principals learned in their tenure at Goldman Sachs?  I sure would if I were in their shoes.

Mount Kellett also invested $100,000,000 in Masan Resources Group of Vietnam which was announced in January 2011.  The attitude of foreign investors towards the rights of workers in Vietnam was expressed point blank at a symposium on Vietnam business opportunities, in which it was noted by the report on the Vietnam Business Forum Annual Consultative Group Meeting of 2008 (Sponsored by the World Bank and the Ministry of Planning & Investment):

(a) Labor strikes have increased through the years, and most if not all of these labor strikes are unlawful – i.e., it did not go through the labor union and give appropriate notice to the employer for discussion.

(b) If this is not addressed properly, this will cause the mind set of the workers to change – i.e., the workers believe that the fastest and easiest way to get what they want is to strike and force the employer to give-in. This will create difficulties and man-hour losses to manufacturers.

Labor relations in Vietnam

Horrors!  Working people might get the idea that engaging in what most Americans believe is a human right, the right to strike for better wages and working conditions, is an idea in Vietnam whose time has come.  After all, over 58,000 Americans and countless Vietnamese died for something, even though it now appears to have come down to the right of Mount Kellett to profit from Tungsten mining in Vietnam.

This is precisely what we’re afraid of and why the California League of Latin American Citizens is organizing to prevent Mount Kellett from putting small business owners out of business and their employees out of work.

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Is Modern Technology Racist?


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Tech is Racist
Created by: Online IT Degree

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