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I arranged for Sweet Alice Harris to be honored at today’s gala as Mother of the Year. Here are some photos of our Mercy Mission Bear Hospital activists.
Meet & Greet Sandra Fluke, Candidate for California State Senator
- Heroine of the Feminist Movement
- Barred from Testifying before Republican Controlled House Committee regarding the necessity of Birth Control being included in Affordable Care Act insurance plans
- Called a “SLUT” by Rush Limbaugh on national media
In February 2012 the Republican controlled House Oversight & Government Reform Committee refused to allow SANDRA FLUKE to testify about the necessity of requiring health insurance policies to cover contraceptive care for women. That was bad enough and then RUSH LIMBAUGH went mental on his radio talk show and publicly called her a “SLUT.”
Today, Sandra is an attorney admitted to the California Bar and is running to succeed Ted Lieu in the State Senate (Ted’s running for Congress).
Friday, May 16, 2014 6:30 p.m.
2277 El Dorado Street (Corner of Amapola Ave)
Torrance CA 90501
Hosted by Jan B. Tucker
To RSVP by Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485409901689149/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
To see why I’m running for Board of Equalization–where only a single candidate qualified for the California Primary Ballot–see my first post on the subject:
Now, here’s what you need to do to write me in on the California primary election ballot:
1. Bring a pen or pencil with you to the polling place (they should have one available but don’t count on it)
2. Don’t vote for the Office of District #3, State Board of Equalization, where only the incumbent, Jerome Horton, is on the ballot
3. Write the office name “State Board of Equalization” and “District 3″ and then my name, Jan B. Tucker, as illustrated below:
First, check out this link:
Now, explain to me why people think it’s appropriate to conduct a candidate forum for left of center candidates at the Venice United Methodist Church??????? The facts speak for themselves and as an OH BY THE WAY, California League of Latin American Citizens is calling a picket line starting at 5:00 p.m., May 6, 2014 in front of the church to protest Dr. O’s homophobia and racism. I’m not giving these candidates a pass on using this facility and if they’re really against homophobia and racism they would no more cross our picket line than they would cross one to go into a KKK building for a candidate forum.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Southern California ADA, very much to their credit, has changed the location of the debate to Oakwood Recreation Center 767 California Ave Venice CA 90291. WE ARE STILL GOING TO PICKET THE CHURCH at Victoria/Lincoln at 5:00 p.m. and then go to the congressional forum. There are some key questions that need to be asked of these candidates who want to represent us in the House of Representatives:
1. On March 5, 2012 a demand was made on the Venice United Methodist Church for copies of their corporate IRS Form 990 pursuant to 26 USC 6104(d)(1)(A). The church has never complied, suggesting that they have something to hide inasmuch as compliance is mandatory and Form 990s are supposed to be public record. Will you ask the IRS to investigate VUMC to find out why they refuse to release their Form 990s? (To see the demand that has been ignored by VUMC, click here).
2. With the critical and unstable conditions in Nigeria that enabled Boko Haram to kidnap hundreds of schoolgirls with impunity, Nigeria doesn’t need further instability being instigated by Igbo tribe separatists who want to start yet another Nigerian civil war. What should the U.S. do about MASSOB operations being conducted right in our district in Venice United Methods Church by Dr. Ogbonnaya?
WRITE-IN Jan B. Tucker for Board of Equalization District No. 3
For the past several years, I’ve been saying “never again” when asked to run for office. But since I share my date of birth with Sean Connery fate made it inevitable that I’d have to emulate the title of his 1983 James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again. In the past I’ve run for President (1996), U.S. Senate (2000) Governor (1982), Lieutenant Governor (1978), Assembly (1976), and twice each for State Treasurer (1994, 1998), House of Representatives (1980, 1990), and State Senator (1974, 1992). I hold the all-time highest vote record for any Peace & Freedom Party candidate achieved in the California primary election (ever, in the entire history of the party) 1998, which is one reason why the current party leadership cabal despises me and envies my ability to reach ordinary voters.
This year a record number of elections in California will be conducted in the primary with only one candidate on the ballot for all of the voters to select. This is a direct result of the Secretary of State’s deliberate decision to ignore a law that allows third party candidates to qualify for the ballot by getting 150 signatures so that poor and working people can avoid the filing fee and her requiring them to get thousands of signatures instead.
The incumbent, Jerome Horton is a good public servant with an accomplished record, BUT I will raise an issue in this race that nobody else is talking about. For the past several years there have been legislative efforts emulating a Michigan law that seeks to extend the sales tax to the sale of services along with the sale of products that it already covers. With our increasingly service oriented economy that makes some sense BUT it should not be extended to services that implement or exercise constitutional rights. Examples: Freelance Reporters exercise First Amendment rights; Lawyers, Private Investigators, Process Servers and Expert Witnesses implement their clients’ right to Due Process of Law under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.
You can download the petition to qualify me as a Write-In candidate at the following link; we need the signatures back to me so that I can file them by May 20, 2014 and then don’t forget to write me in on election day, June 3. Make sure when you write me in (ask the precinct officials how to do it or if voting by absentee ballot, call me at 213.787.5476 and I’ll explain the process) MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON’T VOTE ON THE BALLOT FOR JEROME HORTON even though he’s the only candidate on the ballot for that office.
The way the “Top Two” primary works, if I get more write-in votes than any other candidate in the primary, I will go on to the runoff ballot in November!
To see a map of District 3, go to:
By JONATHAN D. MELROD and MARY MOORE
May 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
(A letter to the Editor printed today, May 1, 2014)
District Attorney: No decision yet on charges in Lopez shooting
PD Editorial: Let Jill Ravitch build on her first term
The Press Democrat editorial endorsing Jill Ravitch for district attorney (“Let Ravitch build on her first term,” April 13) raises a fundamental question of critical concern for Sonoma County: What exactly do we want and expect from our district attorney? Of course we want unfettered honesty, diligence, unbiased thinking and dedication to serving the entire community regardless of social, economic and ethnic differences.
With those criteria in mind, let’s review Ravitch’s credentials and record with regard to the Oct. 22 shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Deputy Erick Gelhaus.
Four years ago, one of Ravitch’s central campaign planks called for more expeditious review of officer-involved fatal incidents. Her campaign pledge to speedily adjudicate filing criminal charges in officer-involved fatalities grew out of a painful 20-year background for victims and families of police-related deaths in Sonoma County.
In fact, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held hearings in Sonoma County in 1998 due to a spate of officer-related, civilian deaths in the mid-90s, and in a 2000 report it sided with community concerns. This report listed 26 recommendations ranging from improved training to a civilian complaint process to an overhaul of “the policies on use of force … to incorporate mediation techniques and less violent methods of resolving a critical incident.”
Had that particular policy recommendation been implemented, Andy Lopez might be alive for his 14th birthday on June 2.
To date, only a few of the 26 recommendations have been implemented. Since the report, there have been an additional 56 deaths resulting directly from police-related incidents. Andy Lopez is only one of the most recent of those victims.
While no district attorney is solely responsible for implementing those recommendations, Ravitch has shown no leadership as the county’s top law enforcement official with regard to any substantive policy change recommended by the commission.
Further, Ravitch continues to walk a precarious legal and ethical path with regard to the Lopez case. While she recused her office from prosecuting Supervisor Efren Carrillo, she has refused to remove herself from adjudicating the criminal liability of Gelhaus, despite repeated attempts by many attorneys, individuals and organizations such as the NAACP to prevail upon her to remove herself.
Soon after the Andy Lopez killing, a group of us met with Ravitch to ask her to remove herself from the case on the grounds that her ties to Sheriff Steve Freitas rendered it impossible to fairly, and in an unbiased manner, judge whether a deputy had acted improperly. She declined.
Under the leadership of the Santa Rosa law firm of Adams Fietz, 18 Sonoma County attorneys signed a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris asking her to disqualify Ravitch from the Lopez case, further requesting that a special prosecutor be appointed to handle the case. As legal authority for seeking Harris’ intervention, the letter cited appropriate provisions from the California constitution, the state government code and national prosecution standards.
Six months have passed since the shooting death of Andy Lopez, and no decision has been forthcoming regarding the fate of Gelhaus. Ravitch has had this case since January with no indication that there will be a decision before the June election. In fact, as of Tuesday, 90 days have passed since she received the final report, but the community is still waiting.
Even more telling was Ravitch’s quote in The Press Democrat from a recent candidates’ debate in which she said that her office lacks the financial resources and expertise to adjudicate Gelhaus’ criminal liability. This leaves little hope for a fair, transparent and equitable outcome, which is precisely why Ravitch needs to remove herself from any further adjudication and call for an outside special prosecutor.
Jonathan D. Melrod, a Sebastopol attorney, and Mary Moore, a community activist, are both members of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez.
There’s lots of talk in media, both conventional news and social media, on the subject of whether Donald Tokowitz Sterling can be forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers and if so, how much he will profit from the sale. There’s no reason why the Clippers should be sold nor is there any reason why he has to profit from a sale: if the powers that be had the gonads they could RICO Sterling and get a court ordered forfeiture of every last penny he owns. Of course I’ll truly be shocked if anybody in the government has the gonads to do what should be done because that kind of justice is never meted out to the rich.
18 USC 1962(a), part of the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) says in pertinent part:
It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt in which such person has participated as a principal within the meaning of section 2, title 18, United States Code, to use or invest, directly or indirectly, any part of such income, or the proceeds of such income, in acquisition of any interest in, or the establishment or operation of, any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce.
What is a “pattern of racketeering activity?” 18 USC 1961 identifies a whole slew of federal and state laws that when broken constitute such a pattern and all you need is two (2) or more violations to meet the legal definition. One of those laws is mail fraud (18 USC 1341), which states:
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, or to sell, dispose of, loan, exchange, alter, give away, distribute, supply, or furnish or procure for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious coin, obligation, security, or other article, or anything represented to be or intimated or held out to be such counterfeit or spurious article, for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice or attempting so to do, places in any post office or authorized depository for mail matter, any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by the Postal Service, or deposits or causes to be deposited any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by any private or commercial interstate carrier, or takes or receives therefrom, any such matter or thing, or knowingly causes to be delivered by mail or such carrier according to the direction thereon, or at the place at which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, any such matter or thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation occurs in relation to, or involving any benefit authorized, transported, transmitted, transferred, disbursed, or paid in connection with, a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122)), or affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
Now for background, read my last blog on the subject of Donald Sterling and pay special attention to his Beverly Hills Properties behavior in trying to unlawfully evict tenants from rent-controlled apartments in Santa Monica: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/04/27/happy-birthday-donald-tokowitz-sterling-you-jewish-oreo/
There’s absolutely no way that you can conduct the kind of operation described in Sterling’s Santa Monica apartments without engaging in mail fraud, not to mention that if Beverly Hills Properties ever used email or a fax machine to carry out its scheme then 18 USC 1343 (wire fraud) also comes into play, without devising “….any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises….” Believe me, I’ve done criminal defense and criminal offense on these kind of cases and it’s virtually impossible to carry this kind of scheme out without falling afoul of one or the other or both of these laws, both of which are “RICO predicate acts” which trigger the RICO law. There are also plenty of other RICO predicate acts listed in 18 USC 1961 which are hard to avoid violating when pulling these kinds of stunts.
So, how should the government proceed:
1. The City of Los Angeles should have the Department of Building & Safety and the City Housing Department go door to door in every single one of Beverly Hills Properties managed apartments and distribute a leaflet to the tenants asking them if they want to blow the whistle on any potential violation and in follow up investigations find out if they ever got a letter by US Mail, an email, or any other wire communication from the company that was false or contained falsehoods.
2. The City of Santa Monica should review its existing investigative files to determine whether anything they already uncovered constitutes a RICO predicate act.
3. The U.S. Department of Justice and the private attorneys that previously sued Sterling’s businesses should review their files for RICO predicate acts.
4. The U.S. Department of Justice should file either a criminal RICO action or a civil RICO action if they find sufficient (like, two or more) RICO predicate acts and under 18 USC 1963(b) order forfeiture of all of his property derived from RICO activity or derived from money invested from RICO activity (like everything he owns) or order divestiture of his property under 18 USC 1964(a).
Our elected representatives have an opportunity to prove that the laws of the United States of America apply to billionaires with this scenario or in the alternative that they lack gonads.