I've been hearing from a number of people that Susan Henderson has been running around town saying the most awful things about myself and the wonderful blog that you are now reading. And apparently my crime here was reporting her recent defeat in Court in the now famous Deuxamis case. A case where her former partner at the Mount Wilson Observer dragged her to Court and proved that Ms. Henderson was not only in "breach of fiduciary duty" (translation: she screwed around with the company's money), but also that she had misappropriated the "design, masthead and formatting of the Mount Wilson-Observer." Which is the polite way of saying she stole it. And that she was ordered by the court to drop the world "Observer" from her paper. Something that Ms. Henderson seems bent on not complying with, and could earn her a big old contempt of court citation in the not too distant future. (Susan apparently justifies this by saying the case is on appeal, but that claim is laughably false. And isn't it a bit of a contradiction to say you're appealing a case you've claimed to have won?) It was also decided by the Court that "a judgement against Henderson in the amount of $41,994.74" was to be added to Susan's judicial feast of failure. All of which means she lost. Big time.
What I consider to be the strangest thing about this is Susan Henderson seems to be on a lone quest to suppress what is a very legitimate news story. To the point where she even stood before a Sierra Madre City Council meeting and loudly threatened to sue the Mayor for referencing her setback in a discussion regarding legal advertising. And Henderson has been claiming that word of her failure in Court is a lie, and it was actually she who won the case? Bizarre. Bizarre because anyone can go the Superior Court of the State of California website, type in the case number (GC039149) and see what really happened. (Unfortunately to see a copy of the actual settlement you'll have to pay $4.95. Bring your credit card, the state needs the dough.)
So Susan has been galumphing around Sierra Madre saying awful things about anyone she fears will discuss this stuff. And, of course, that would include me. But I thought I'd let all that ride. "He said/she said" journalism is an absurd pursuit, and I figured people would consider the source and make the correct call. Besides, she's got to shut up about it eventually and realize that people know the truth and it's time to move on. But then I was forwarded some very interesting email, internal to the Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills.
Myself and others had been attempting to warn the Pasadena Democrats regarding some incorrect information on their site regarding Susan. (You can see the original Tattler discussion on this by clicking here.) On it they identify Susan as being a Berkeley graduate, among other things. And as I've pointed out on The Tattler, the Berkeley connection is not only fraudulent but also strikingly similar to past false claims of academic achievement. But enough background, here's the e-mail trail. Some names are taken out, and I comment where I think appropriate.
From: Doug D------
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2009 11:40 PM
Subject: Born Again American
Barry, Don, and Tim,
My friend Katina Dunn, who had been managing editor of the Core Media Weeklies when I was writing articles for them, just won a lawsuit against H. Susan Henderson, reportedly a prominent Foothill Democrat with a show on PCAC. Among the various issues brought out in the trial, as covered in various articles here (Sierra Madre Tattler cited) ... were the issues previously reported in the "San Francisco Examiner" ...
- "H. Susan Henderson, onetime Republican turned executive director of the California Democratic Party, has resigned her $78,000-per-year post amid controversy over alleged resume-pumping and questionable expenditures on a party credit card ...
- "Henderson states that she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University, but a spokeswoman said Ohio State had never granted to Harriet Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole, Henderson's maiden name. ...
- "Henderson's resume also says that she holds an 'M.B.A./J.D.' from the University of California, without specifying a campus. ...
- "Spokesmen at UC-Berkeley, UCLA and UC-Davis, the three UC campuses that have both law and business schools, said no such degrees had been issued to H. Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole.
- "Alameda County voter records show that in 1989, Henderson registered as a Republican at an Oakland residence, then registered again as a Republican in 1991 when she moved to another Oakland address.
- "In March 1992, when the Boxer campaign was getting under way, Henderson changed her registration to Democrat, the records show."
... Katina tells me that the judge in her trial denied Ms. Henderson's request to stop the dissemination of the information revealed at trial (as also reported in that blog, above.) Katina and I just thought that since each of you may have crossed paths with Ms. Henderson, you might like to know what's what ... All I know is that Katina is a good person; and as the judge determined, Ms. Henderson took advantage of her, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
From: Tim and Joan W------
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 9:14 AM
Subject: Susan Henderson
Mike, Karen, Ralph -
Someone just pointed out to me that we have a page on Susan Henderson on our webpage. Does anybody know why? Seems like her reputation has been mixed at best.
In a message dated 1/30/2009 9:45 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, (Ralph McKnight) writes:
Her info is still on the website because I left it on there after I quit maintaining it. (Tattler: As of 2/1/09 the site has been updated to reflect Feb 2009 DCOPF events.) Her reputation has not been mixed in the least. To the contrary, Susan has consistently published our activities in her newspaper (Tattler: Possible DCOPF complicity in the MacGillivray / Shollenberger MVO smears during the 2008 elections here?) and as, well, served the CDP excellently when she was it's (sic) executive director under Bill Press who, when I last spoke with him, still regards her in the highest esteem as do most of the CDP members and leaders from that period. (Tattler: Chronicle quote from Supervisor Angela Alioto: "With all due respect to the parties that participated in the resignation agreement, I believed from the beginning and I believe today that when any wrongdoing was shown, Susan Henderson should have been fired. I do not condone or accept her resignation." Additional reporting:"The case has turned into a major embarrassment to California Democratic Party officials, who reportedly have been receiving inquiries from the White House on why the matter has taken so long to resolve." Additional: "The allegations have also focused attention on Press, who has been the subject of conversations among leading Democrats about whether he should continue as the party's top official." He resigned shortly after.) As 44th A.D. Chair and Rainbow Caucus Chair of the CDP during her leadership, I found her leadership of the CDP to be nothing less than stellar. She is my friend and will continue to be my friend. I'm not certain why you included the articles below to be sent to me because they have no bearing on my relationship with Susan. Also not sure what the mudslinging is all about but I find this sort of claptrap repulsive." (Tattler: Evidence that when the affairs of voters in this district fall under the purview of Mr. McKnight, old school cronyism takes precedence.)
From: Susan Henderson
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 10:16 AM
Subject: Susan Henderson
"Thank you Ralph for your response to this foolishness. Regarding Doug's comments on what the judge said in the lawsuit, Katina Dunn was not awarded a thing (Tattler - Not true. Ref. Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. GC039149.) She did not win a lawsuit against Ms. Henderson (Tattler - again, not true. Case No. GC039149.) There was no finding of mismanagement (Sigh, not true. Case No. GC039149.) For anyone to state that, 'Ms. Henderson took advantage of her, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars,' puts them at risk of a lawsuit themselves (Tattler - What is this, the 6th time Susan has threatened a suit over somebody discussing this case? It's like she has lawsuit tourettes.) as there was no finding in the case stating the same and it is simply not true. Ms. Dunn LOST her attempt to collect thousands of dollars from Ms. Henderson and stop me from publishing my own newspaper."
There is more in this vein, including claims that tales of her flameout as the #2 Democrat in California were merely "sensational headline grabbers," and that I left her paper because she "chastised" me over some information I submitted. A wacky insinuation because, as people who followed the "Observer's" coverage of our last Sierra Madre election will tell you, furnishing bad info is hardly an impediment to advancement at her nightmare of a rag. Nobody has ever been fired by Susan for that one. Rather I, like many people in this town, left the MVO behind after she sold out her longtime supporters and friends for a better opportunity. Just like she sold out the Republicans in Oakland for a better opportunity with the Democrats. Or the person she called "amis" Katina Dunn. Or the people who love this town and want to protect it from redevelopment predators like her current pals. Susan Henderson is nothing more than a small time opportunist with loyalty to nothing but her own selfish pleasures.
Pasadena Democrats? Beware.