Saturday, July 14, 2012

Will "The COG" Cause You to Pony Up for Nick Conway's Legal Defense Team?

(Mod: The more you look at how we are governed in this part of the world, the worse it appears. Nick Conway, the former Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, who is up on four felony conflict of interest charges for his actions there, is now looking for that organization to pay for his legal expenses. While it is Nick's contention that SGVCOG's insurance should help him out with his problems, the fact remains this is something funded by our taxes in the form of dues paid to this organization. Along with various government grants, contracts and anything else tax funded that comes their way. The following is taken from the Agenda Report for next week's 7/19 meeting of the COG's Governing Board. And yes, they did, per Nick's request, "begin that process.")

Date: July 19, 2012
To: Governing Board Delegates and Alternates
From: Richard D. Jones, General Counsel
Re: Insurance Claim by Nick Conway

Recommended Action: Receive and file

Background: Nick Conway addressed a letter dated June 20, 2012 to Angel Carrillo as then-COG President regarding a claim for insurance coverage for errors and omissions and defense costs relating to the current District Attorney investigation into his actions as Executive Director. This letter is attached for your reference. We sent the letter to Sheryl Fitzgerald and Alliant Insurance Servoces, the COG's insurance company. We then received a call from Tim Thompson with Carl Warren requesting further information in order to evaluate the claim. We sent Mr. Thompson a copy of the MSA and the contact information for Mr. Conway's attorney and the District Attorney handling the investigation. We assume that Mr. Thompson is evaluating the claim and will update the Board when we receive further information.

(Mod: The following is a letter written by Conway to the SGVCOG on Arroyo Associates letterhead.)

June 20, 2012

Angel Carrillo, President
San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 42
Alhambra, CA 91803

Dear Mr. Carrillo:

As you know, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), and its practices in retaining my firm, Arroyo Associates, Inc., under our Management Services Agreement, recently became the subject of a preliminary investigation by the Public Integrity Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The investigation was the result of a complaint filed by Mr. Gil Aguirre which included a myriad of allegations ranging from office hours of my firm to the review process of the recent management and organization study.

The core of the more serious claims were also the subject of an exhaustive two year (2006-2008) investigation in 206-2008 by the DA, Caltrans, and even an alternate dispute resolution opinion by a retired federal judge, all of which resulted in no findings of any conflicts or interest under the applicable laws which are the subject of this recent investigation.

Pursuant to our contract under Section 10, and following my personal costs from the 2006-2008 investigation, the SGVCOG Governing Board agreed to take out an maintain a policy of insurance indemnifying all directors and officers for errors and omissions and defense costs, specifically including me as Executive Director of the SGVCOG.

If you haven't already notified the insurance carrier, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., please begin that process and communicate with me regarding the mechanics of making a claim for defense costs in this current investigation.

Sincerely,

Nicholas T. Conway
Executive Director
San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Vote and Vote Often

On both the Pasadena Star News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune websites there are poll questions regarding the future of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. The question asked by both is the same: "In light of recent events, should the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments be disbanded?" As of this typing "yes" votes lead by about a 10 to 1 margin.

Both polls can be found at around mid-page, in the center column. You can link to the Star News site by clicking here, the Tribune by clicking here.

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73 comments:

  1. If Sierra Madre does not remove itself from this syndicate we should vote at the polls in a recall. They are paying him almost 800 thousand dollars a year right now and he wants more. Bottom feeder!

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    1. Is there anyone on the Council eligible for recall? Moron and Dancin' Nancy - do they have enough time left in office to be recalled? The other three haven't served enough time yet to be eligible for recall. Right? We're screwed every direction we turn.

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  2. Where does the money come to fund this mess? I thought that I read the dues were $13,000/year per city. 33 cities in the San Gabriel Valley COG is not even his salary. So if it comes from grants that is another area to look for fraud. What is in ruses grants that would fund his salary and the working budget of the SGVCOG?

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  3. Being in the COG is just one more SCAM pulled off on us!
    We should sue all the city councils that allow this criminal organization to stay in business. They are in the business of stealing our money!

    Josh Moran! John H!,Chris Koerber!,John Capoccia!, Nancy Walsh! GET SIERRA MADRE OUT OF THIS SGVCOG.....NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Star News Poll right now - 108 say end it, 12 say keep it. 90% to 10%.

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  5. The public dime is protecting 'all directors and officers' from the public.

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    1. Good to see they got their lawyer insurance paid up. And with our money no less. In their business that would be a necessity.

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  6. Some questions were asked yesterday that I would like to answer. Local community college. Teaching freshman-level math for 35 years. No division-chair stipend. $7,000.00 per month for life retirement.

    Office hours, yes, add five hours a week to the 15 hours teaching. That's five hours in an air-conditioned office, with an occasional student dropping by to ask a question. Fine. A luxury. But if a teacher wants to do nothing but play solitaire, there is no penalty.

    Want it to be a 40 hour week? Add another 15 hours "on campus": going to pointless meetings, having lunch, walking around the track.

    Lesson plans: if you can't figure out a good syllabus for Algebra 101 in your first semester, you are in the wrong profession.

    Grading: hire an assistant at minimum wage to correct the tests and monitor the homework.

    Don't get me wrong. There are hardworking, inspiring teachers. Hopefully you remember yours. That doesn't mean everyone with a master's degree should expect to start a teaching career (at a typical cc) at $50,000.00 a year, and retire at over $100,000.00 a year, teaching 3 hours a day. And don't forget the school "year" is about 30 weeks, (which obviously means 22 weeks off).

    I'm sorry, teacher-apologists, but the numbers just don't add up.

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    1. The real losers here are the students. With an attitude like yours there is no questioning the quality of the students being turned out by the educational system. And no wondering why the best students apply to ivy league private institutions. You are a disgrace to the teaching profession. So sorry the taxpayers money supports your "middle class" lifetyle. Let's not hear from you again.

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    2. 9:11, you cannot possibly make those assumptions without seeing the teacher at work, or talking to students. Everything you wrote is a projection, so let's hope you're not a teacher.

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    3. Right you are 9:15.

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    4. I disagree with both of you. Public employees are now seeing what has been happening to private sector employees over the last decade. Pitting each side against the other achieves nothing. Both sides are losing, and beating up on each other accomplishes nothing except help those who are destroying the American middle class.

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    5. Yes! Finally somebody says it. Beat each other up. Your real enemies love it.

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    6. How is someone explaining her workload "beating up" someone else. If you don't want the truth, why read The Tattler?

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    7. You are playing games.

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    8. Anybody up for badminton?

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    9. More like circular target practice.

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    10. Somebody posting anonymously on the internet is playing games?

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    11. Good point. Who are you, anyway ...

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    13. Walks like a duck...quacks like a duck...smells like a duck. I don't believe you. Your just a flamer... quak, quak is what you are. Please move on little duck.

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  7. I'm sorry you were so bored. I have a master's degree, did some JC teaching, overseas volunteer teaching, secondary teaching in US for 30 plus years. Enjoyed most of it, but like any occupation ("job" or "profession") there is the good with the crummy. My retirement is not as big as yours, but it was earned by me as I put aside from my paycheck into the State Teachers Retirement System. Seemed like a good thing at the time. Can't say that I was milking the system or ever considered it or thought I was on the gravey train.

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    1. The professor didn't say she was bored, she said she was overpaid.

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  8. Math teacher didn't mentioned grading tests, quizes, finals. Grading. All done electronically at the end of this long teaching career. Maybe at 101 he did not have the kind of connection that makes interacting with students stimulating

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    1. Read the comment again 9:18.
      Might want to get the information straight before the big emotional reaction.

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    2. Pay attention, sleepy Tattlers, or your participation grade will suffer!

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  9. City Governments operate just below the public's radar. City Mgrs facilitate the rotten apples that play the "City Game". Sacramento Democrats and Republicans prime the monitary pump finding many ways to fund this grab bag. Associations and Districts pretend at legitimacy raking in millions. (just look in on Water Districts) Business Clubs give it authenticity (with a smirk and a smile and "we are civic minded and know what's best for you") The corruption that attends these activities has existed for years at the City Level. Add in personal corruption a la Tim Conway, and all those like him in El Monte, Lutz in Arcadia, Doyle right here and you find that dishonesty is pervasive and cannot be eleminated just minimized. Without a Free Press we would have no means to try and stop it. Personal integrity and character does not exist for many of those who feed at public coffers. Add in the recent wave of immmigration with habits formed in 3rd world Countries and a new brand of corruption is coming full steam. But don't give up. Our little Tattler proves that the written word is still a formidable advesary for those hiding under rocks.

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    1. That is why they hate the Tattler as much as they do. Truth is their worst enemy. Dracula feels the same way about holy water.

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    2. And then there's this:
      ROSEMEAD - A developer who was solicited for bribes by former Mayor John Tran and then helped the FBI implicate him is suing Tran and the city for $10million, according to court documents.

      Tammy Gong alleges that she suffered financial repercussions and emotional distress stemming from fraud, extortion and unpaid personal loans at the hands of Tran and other Rosemead staff and elected officials, according to the lawsuit.

      Read more: http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_21074704/developer-allegedly-connected-bribery-case-sues-rosemead-john#ixzz20cBWFfCh

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    3. Lutz is in Monrovia

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    4. If memory serves me correctly, Tran was the representative from Rosemead sitting on the SGVCOG Board. Imagine that, a SGVCOG member convicted of a crime - seems to be a trend.

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  10. In the Pasadena Star News poll the COG is losing 134 to 18. Looks like a lot of people want to pull the plug on the SGVCOG!

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    1. Tattler, we can vote, but only once. Darn it.

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    2. There are 3 places where you can vote in this poll. The Pasadena Star News, The Whittier Daily News and The SGV Tribune. Each will let you vote once.

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  11. Typically a claim letter, such as the one submitted by Conway, is the first step in filing a lawsuit. Should the insurance company deny his claim, which I have no doubt they will, then I believe he is free to file suit against the SGVCOG.

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    1. So how do we stop this thief from stealing even more of our money?

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    2. Get involved. Go to a meeting. Speak out at your Council meeting. Write your regional elected officials demanding they help put an end to this taxpayer abuse.

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  12. Pasadena Star News Disband the COG Poll
    164 - yes
    27 - no

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    1. Who are the 27, and what are they thinking of?

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    2. Probably COG members scared of losing their buffets. Same people who will vote to pay for Nick's legal expenses with our money.

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    3. Just had a vision of COG members Barbara Messina, Dave Spence, Mary Ann Lutz and Angel Carrillo huddled around a computer (probably at city hall) placing their votes. Carrillo wanted to know if he could vote in his wife's name, Messina wanted to know if she could have her secret campaign committee vote for her, Lutz wanted to know if the COG would pay her to vote and Spence didn't care what the law says, he was going to vote as many times as he wanted.

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    4. They will be circling the wagons for sure.
      When Nick goes down, they should all resign from public office.

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  13. "resign" - crap these officials are running around defending Conway's illegal actions and many are running for higher office! Cacciotti, the Mayor of South Pasadena, who just failed in his bid for the State Assembly was quoted in the paper as saying that the laws related to Conway's illegal activity are "murky"!

    That is an amazing remark in light of the fact that Cacciotti's day job is Deputy Attorney General for the Justice Department....maybe he should read the Conflict of Interest Handbook prepared by the State Attorney General's office which lays out exactly why Conway's financial interests, as the SGVCOG Executive Director, violates the law.

    These officials are a sad lot indeed and have lost sight of what they were elected to do - represent the public's interests!

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    1. The DA won't stop with Conway. Nick is just the head of the snake. Decapitate it and the brains are gone. The rest will just be a mopping up exercise. The COG is dead. Any movement you see now is rigor mortis.

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  14. I don't hold much hope that any of them will resign, but I sure hope we can drive them out of office.

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  15. As depressing as it sounds it may be that our tax dollars pay Conways legal defense while still paying his salary while he's on leave. Disband the COG andhold accountable the crooks behind him like Spence messina and Carrillo

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  16. And politicians wonder why they have the lowest public approval ratings in history.

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  17. PSN Poll: Disband the COG?
    Yes - 210
    No - 35

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  18. Who gives a rats behind. Getting tired of reading the Tattler. All the discussion is mostly about some government body in the SGV. Could care less. I want to hear more discussion about where Bob Matheson is or the town clown peddling homes or what Moron partied last night at. Thats the interesting stuff.

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    1. OK Bosephus. Why don't you start your own blog? Maybe the premier story could be how you and your missus stole a passel of Josh's underpants from the big tumble drier at the Drop-A-Load? Town would go crazy for that kind of stuff.

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    2. What's this, Nick? Trying to change the subject? We've much to say before we retire the SGVCOG story and you're featured front and center, along with your pals.

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    3. Tattler, apparently just a few more insightful reports on regional politics, and 4:50 will be tired enough.

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    4. Somebody is nervous about all the attention.

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    5. You know what? I have yet to go to a party where Josh has been. Should I be concerned?

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    6. I don't think you get invited to those parties. You just show up. Usually if you bring something cold and refreshing you're in. You should also say "Wooo!" when you enter the room.

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    7. Disagree about the "Wooo!" 5:55.

      It's "Allriiiiiight!"

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    8. So, 6:14 pm, you know this because you attend the same parties? Tell us more...

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    9. No, silly 6:30 - I listen to what is said at council meetings.
      The Mayor has a habit of starting with "Allriiiiight", ending with "Allriiiiight", and punctuating transitions between items with "Allriiiiight.'

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    10. Get on board the party train... can't you hear the whistle blowing?!!!!

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    11. Ab-so-lute-ly!!

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  19. I just love it when someone tries to dilute the importance of a story by belittling the messenger. Great job tattler! Your coverage of this obscure, secret organization which is funded with OUR tax dollars is exactly why I come back to the tattler.

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  20. That John Crawford, he's so hot right now!

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  21. Watched the CC rerun and noticed Josh Moran do a very stupid thing which shows you he does not know where he is as mayor and where he is as real estate hustler: he thanks each speaker by their first name. Phony, phony, phony. And the chit chat about writing down the quotable quote that it is not about density it is about dignity. Well, it is about dignity because if you pack people ion too dense you deny their dignity and they end up corralled like farm animals.

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    1. That first name habit - Joe Mosca did it constantly. Set the precedent of saying, "Well here comes Jimmy. How are you Jimmy?" That kind of thing. And it became especially humorous when someone would get up and drop a bomb on Joe, and after he got used to that happening, he'd do his best PR schtick and sing out names, like "Thank you Heather!"

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    2. I thought Tom Brady's little bathos filled speech was the worst of the evening. There is nothing dignified in an assisted living facility that, due to its outrageous costs, would never allow 90% of our seniors to even sit in their lobby, much less live there. Of course Brady was quoted by the Looney Views News, Rooster Coburn and The Patch. These people keep it up and I will not vote for this thing. I am beginning to smell something rotten.

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    3. 10:22 - I guess the Mayor's first name familiarity should be repaid in kind. "Why you're welcome, Josh!"

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    4. The worst part about Mr. Brady's speech was that the sad fate of the woman he was talking about, would have been much worse if she had lived at the Kensington.

      As soon as the nature of her illness was clear, she'd be 'relocated,' - evicted. So she'd be facing the trauma of moving while in the end stages of her life.

      An assisted living facility is not a hospital, and it is not a skilled nursing facility.

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    5. I wish these people were wise enough to tell us the truth.

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  22. Everyone just settle down. Stop your worry. I was smoking pot with the mayor the other night behind Lucky B's and he filled me in. Its all a big scam.

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    1. Why do you think they call it dope?

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  23. Tonight the COG Board will 'review and file' Nick's request to have the COG pay for his legal fees. You've got to give the crook credit for thinking ahead - a few years back he thought it was a good idea for COG paid for insurance to cover his legal fees for the next time he got caught. Tonight is also their annual awards show - wonder if Four Counts Conway will show up. Probably will be peeking out of his window with a couple of bottles of Boonsfarm with his own party people - Spence and Cano. Note to self: Next year propose John Crawford and the Tattler for a 2013 COGGIE Award. Thanks for keeping us informed!

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