Friday, February 1, 2013

Is the Pasadena Weekly's Andre' Coleman Living In the Trone Zone?

Unyque indeed
Political columnist and in-house salaried pundit Andre' Coleman of the Pasadena Weekly is becoming the gift that just keeps on giving. Rather than letting the Ishmael Trone controversy drop as any truly aware person would do, Andre' is back with yet another column about pretty much the same thing he wrote about last week. With one or two important additions.

All of which is mighty fine with me, because there really isn't much I would rather write about more than this story. It is just too good to let go. And if Andre' thinks that somehow he is helping his friend Ishmael Trone out, well, it is certainly not as much as he'd hoped, I'm sure. Something I believe I will be able show you. Here is what he has blessed us with this week (click here):

At home with Ishmael Trone: Council candidate pursues those he believes tampered with estranged wife's mail after DA confirms residency probe - Pasadena City Council District 3 candidate Ishmael Trone simply could not believe he was the target of a criminal inquiry into his residency. On Friday, after a story about the probe appeared on the Pasadena Weekly Web site (Mod: PW's article showed up 2 days after The Tattler), Trone said he called the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. While he would not say with whom he spoke, he insisted that he was not under investigation for allegedly living in Altadena, outside the district, as reported by the newspaper.

However, during a visit to the East Orange Grove Boulevard apartment Trone says he’s been living in since splitting up with his wife, Juanita, three years ago, the candidate was quickly disabused of that contention. Meanwhile, Juanita Trone and the couple’s daughters, ages 16 and 20, still live in the Marengo Avenue home the couple purchased together in Altadena when they were still together. Anne Ingalls, head of the DA’s Public Integrity Division, who was contacted by phone by the Weekly and spoke directly with Trone in a three-way conference call, confirmed her office is looking into a complaint he lives outside District 3.

In California, it is a crime to for a candidate to run for office in a district in which they are ineligible to vote. Residency within the district is a requirement for eligibility. “I can confirm that there has been a complaint regarding your residency,” Ingalls told Trone in the call. “I can’t discuss it with you any further, and I cannot tell you who filed the complaint.”

Claims that Trone — one of three candidates hoping to fill the council seat vacated by former Councilman Chris Holden after Holden was elected in November to the state Assembly — was back with his wife and living with her and their two daughters began surfacing after photos of mail addressed to Trone in Altadena appeared on the Web site of a private investigator who supports Trone’s main opponent, John J. Kennedy.
Trone's zone?

How the items of mail were acquired, photographed and posted at the blog “Detective Diaries,” operated by Torrance private investigator and journalist Jan B. Tucker, was not immediately known. 

All pretty much stuff we'd heard last week. But, as you read on, you can see there are also a couple of new ingredients that have been whisked into the mix. 

Ishmael Trone wants you to believe two things. Both are very important to his defense. The first is that the letters and other mail addressed to his Altadena home where his wide and daughters still live, the stuff with his name on it, were stolen. Not plucked out of the trash, not found laying in the gutter, not blowing in the wind, but taken from the mailbox. The mailbox where Trone still gets mail more than four years after he claimed to have moved out of the house. All committed by a cabal of conspirators tasked by unknown forces with wrecking his political career.

The other thing Trone needs you to believe is that he really does reside in Pasadena's Council District 3. And he does this by living in a one bedroom apartment located over the top of his "Unyque Financial Bail Bonds" shop, and has done so since 2009. A lifestyle that certainly seems rather Spartan given Trone's relatively well-to-do entrepreneur and business owner status. Why would someone live in such relatively hand-to-mouth conditions when he owns a perfectly nice house in Altadena? Or could easily afford to live in better surroundings?

Here is the argument at the heart of Andre' Coleman's attempt to defend Ishmael Trone:

On Monday morning, the Weekly visited Trone’s apartment at 83 E. Orange Grove Blvd., the address in question, to check on his residency.

Trone lives in a spacious one-bedroom apartment above Unyque Financial, the bail bonds business started by his mother, Madelyn, and stepfather Felix and now owned by Trone.

During the visit, the 52-year-old candidate showed utility bills dating back several months that were addressed to him at the apartment, not the business. The address and name on those bills correspond with bills dating back to 2009, which Trone provided to the Weekly in a Jan. 9 candidate interview. A cursory inspection of the property found clothing hanging in the apartment’s closets.

Trone owns the bail bond shop on the first floor, and he also owns the "spacious" upstairs apartment he purportedly has been living in since 2009. Why? Because he owns the entire building. Doesn't it make sense that if the bills for such things as water and electricity for Unyque Financial Bail Bonds are going to this building, the bills for the living quarters upstairs would also go to the same building? Landlords often receive the bills for apartments they own under their own name. Anyone could be living in that apartment and the bills would still go to the apartment's owner, Ishmael Trone.

In the article a conspiracy-burdened Coleman goes on to again blame Trone's opponent for the District 3 seat, John P. Kennedy. He also blames retiring Board of Education member Ramon Miramontes, and darkly implies that both might have been in on the mail sting. He also fingers Jan B. Tucker, the private investigator that first published the news of Trone's residency issues on his blog, The Detective's Diary (click here). Yet Coleman provides us with absolutely no actual proof of any real connections to any of the people he names.

The word we have received here at The Tattler is that Andre' Coleman and now Assemblyman Chris Holden have been closely in touch ever since the Ishmael Trone residency controversy broke. Holden, heir to the Holden political machine founded by his father Nate Holden, has personally selected Trone to take his place on the Pasadena City Council. My assumption would have to be that Coleman's column this week is little more than spin he created along with Holden, and done in hopes of somehow turning the tide against what has become quite a story in Pasadena political circles.

And honestly, couldn't Ishmael Trone have just shown us his driver's license? Rather than having folks over to the apartment above his business to show them his bills? What does the Department of Motor Vehicles say? Do they show an address change in 2009?

The District Attorney's Public Integrity Division is looking into this matter. It is a serious crime in California to run for office in a district that you do not live in. If what we have read in Coleman's column this week is Trone's defense, then it does look like he very well could be in a lot of trouble.

Jan B. Tucker Responds to Andre' Coleman

Here is Jan Tucker's response to the rash of accusations in Andre' Coleman's opinion piece this week:

Andre--regarding yesterday's article on Trone,

1.  I have never met John Kennedy, never spoken to him, and never corresponded with him in any way shape or form.  Nor have I been asked to endorse or support him nor have I offered to endorse or support him.  I am not the average private investigator in that I get asked to endorse and /or support people all the time.  Last Saturday, I personally chaired a committee that interviewed Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, and Kevin James and candidates for other LA city positions who are seeking organizational support from groups I'm involved with as well as my personal endorsement.  So, it is not correct to describe me as a supporter of John Kennedy.

2.  I posted digital photos of mail and of two locations.  If anybody had bothered to check, there is EXIF metadata in the location photos' digital files and none attached to the mail files.  I am affirmatively averring that I did nothing to intentionally alter or delete any of the metadata in the location digital files.  The EXIF data contained in the location digital files happens to contain evidence that I did not take the photos.  

3.  As to the digital photos of the mail, I did not take them or scan the mail and have never had the originals in my possession.  Had I taken photos or scanned the mail, they would have had EXIF data attached to them in the digital files.  Based upon these facts, Trone's allegations are incompetent and demonstrate the lack of knowledge of even basic computer forensics of himself and his advisers, unless of course he is simply spin doctoring what he knows and conveniently omitting relevant information about this matter.

We will continue to closely follow this story.

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41 comments:

  1. ...and yesterday, at the PUSD's candidates forum, Luis "Moonbeam" Ayala came out swinging against Mr. Phelps. Ayala sounded whinny and, out of touch and did not provide anything to improve things around PUSD. Mr. Ayala continues to embrace technology after he rejected technology a few forums ago. Speaking about Star Wars and all. He was late to the forum claiming some sort of scheduling snafu. Mr. Ruben "Bones" Hueso, was wishy washy last night and, forget about contacting him during his tenure if elected. The only way you'll have to communicate with him is by rallying around education. Probably if you sing cumbaya to him you'll get his attention. Mr. Cooper was his pompous self last night trying to come around as some form of intellectual but, lacking substance to address the problems at PUSD. If he gets elected, things are going to get pretty boring at the Board. Ms. Murga and Ms. Pomeroy were even last night. Mr. Arce's message was polished and his experience as an public administrator and an immigrant to this country were on target and clever. He spoke about shared sacrifices to minimized or eliminate the potential of layoffs, which drew praise from the crowd and what steps should be taken to find savings from within to reduce the budget gap. In all, Mr. Arce was the winner last night hands down.

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    1. Did ICE Luis's role in deporting Hispanics get discussed?

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    2. No, he did not discuss about calling "La Migra" on Hispanics!

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    3. What the hell is up with iceman's squeaky voice?February 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      pobrecito!

      Jr. seemed to get tongue tied when asked why he mentioned police security from only two agencies- omitting sierra madre pd all together.

      he also showed up 30 minutes late because he scheduled it wrong on his calendar. uh-oh. first impressions and all that.

      he shows up late, first comment apologizes for it, then Jr decides to run a dirty campaign, hilarious. He dropped a howler out the gate, blaming phelps for pappalardo getting a raise (it was actually a BOARD decision, duh, the guy is way out of his league here) and neglecting to note that papalardo now earns the competitive rate for his job, and has additional duties.

      Jr. also failed to mention that he probably earns more than phelps and papalardo combined.

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    4. What do you call a Hispanic who works to run other Hispanics out of the United States?

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    5. I call them rats! And, I am right now beaming towards Hueso to see if I can communicate with him. Here it goes... 1, 2, 3

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    6. Ice Ice Looie

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    7. What do you call a Hispanic that works to run other Hispanics out of the United States? Luis Ayala.

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    8. I call him the million dollar lawyer playing both sides: immigration attorney private practice/ ICE trial lawyer deporting immigrants. How could I forget? He pulls in a little extra cash teaching English so they can try and navigate the system.

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    9. Ayala sound ruthless. Why entrust our children's education to such a man?

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    10. Yes, he won't entrust public schools with his children, but we should trust the coyote with ours?

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    11. Arce is the clear choice for PUSD District 3. As an administrator for Social Services he manages a staff of 200, and has never had to lay off employees because he knows how to adhere to a budget.

      District 3 has a large number of immigrants, many of them Hispanic, thus he can relate to the struggles his district faces with English Language Learners. It is shameful that less than half of the students in that district are not at grade level - that's a FAIL! The children in this district deserve more than failing teachers, a failing administration, and failing schools that look like prisons! Arce is not afraid to call a spade a spade, and dig in deep to find solutions.

      Arce came here from Puerto Rico, learned English and went on to USC. He will be a fine example in District 3 of all that America has to offer those who work hard. Board members need to understand budgets and legal contracts. This is what Arce has been doing for decades.

      We do not need one more polished politician taking all of their direction from the unions and entities who wish to transform our schools in to Community Schools aka Communes to keep Hispanics and Blacks shackled in poverty and beholden to the state. Mark my words - the Community Schools you are hearing about in these forums are just that. Just say "NO" to any candidate who supports keeping the Hispanics and Blacks down with dependence on the state. It's time to turn this ship around and throw out the status quo statists!!

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  2. "Trone said he called the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. While he would not say with whom he spoke,.."
    Huh?
    It was privileged information?

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  3. I can smell a rat!

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  4. "Ishmael was a rolling stone
    wherever he laid his hat was his home ..."

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  5. Nothing arouses wild passions like an election.

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  6. Nothing arouses wild passions more than a bachelor's apartment on Orange Grove. Get it?

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    1. Hmm. A bachelor pad over a bail bond shop. Now there is a slice of life.

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    2. It has all the trappings of a steamy soap opera. A divorce, a bachelor's pad, a private eye, a criminal investigation, a family business, corruption, incriminating evidence, pictures, who did?, denials and betrayals, the press, a scandal. Wow, how much can we ask? Ready for Hollywood.

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    3. Yes, and don't forget an opponent that is on speed dial with Michelle Obama!

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    4. Careful, Ish may forget he's packing at the next candidate forum.

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    5. 832, post of the day. I keep revisiting it and cracking up. its like green acres hahaha

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    6. It offers the customer an option for working off their unpaid debts, 12:16.

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  7. At least our mayor, Josh Moran moved back to town the day before he filed his papers. LOL

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    1. But did he 9:24?

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    2. Josh might change his mind on the 710 tunnel because it will shorten his commute.

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  8. How sad for a candidate. Trone had to show off his loveshack as proof he lives in the district he's running in.

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  9. And where is his good buddy Holden?

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    1. Pricing out PUSD land.

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    2. Unyque is a real estate office too.....
      http://activerain.com/lunapetty

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    3. The PUSD land rush is on. Every grifter and hustler in Pasadena believes he is going to get rich off of equity housing.

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    4. 11:11 - Maybe that is why they call the place Unyque. A combination real estate office and bail bond service might not exist anywhere else.

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    5. that's so when the bailee puts up the house for collateral the bondsman can resell it immediately

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    6. Don't give Unicorn Realty any ideas! Can see it now -- Canterbury and Moran, Bail Bonds and Real Estate.

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    7. Podley Pay Day Loans.

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    8. Did payday loans show up in the Buxton report?

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  10. And what would an outgoing board member gain in smearing Trone? What favors?

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    1. No kidding. no more half price ribs.

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  11. I have total disreguard for the Pasadena Weekly since its editor wrote that he hoped a hurricane would hit the coast of Florida during the Republican Convention so it would disrupt the convention. Say what he may about any candidate, I'm not interested.

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    1. They also give space to the likes of Barbara Messina and Peter Dreier.

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