|Dreier on his chances of escaping legal sanction.|
From: The Law Offices of Oscar Acevedo
To: Mr. Peter Dreier
Dear Mr. Dreier:
My office represents Ramon Miramontes and his company, Zocalo Strategic Group. The purpose of this letter is to demand that you immediately cease and desist from circulating the libelous article you caused to be published in the newspaper "Pasadena Weekly" on or about January 30, 2014 about my client and his company, "Keeping Ramon aboard". Many of the comments made in the article, authored by you, are patently false and designed to injure my client's reputation and do harm to his business. In addition to withdrawing the article, I am requesting that no later than February 10, 2014, you publish an article retracting the statements you have made and give such retraction the same prominence and circulation as your original article.
There is little question the statements made by you are false and defamatory in nature. The statements insinuate that my client has or is conspiring to engage in illegal contracts, and do work for which compensation is not deserved or without benefit to his clientele, including the Pasadena Unified School District. Further, you refer to my client's temperament and character as ill spirited and demeaning, and refers to allegations that, if accepted by a reader as true, injure my client's reputation so as to cast ridicule and contempt upon my client and besmirches my client's reputation in the greater Pasadena community and beyond.
It is my belief that you submitted the article for no other purpose than to deter third persons from associating or dealing with my client and/or his company, and to cause my client economic and personal harm. The article specifically injures my client with respect to his profession as a counselor and educator of young people, by imputing to my client that he should be disqualified from holding elected public office or do work with the Pasadena Unified School District or in other such venues. The article also casts aspersion on the previous work that I did for the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition implying that the work I did for this joint powers government agency was somehow tied to the City of Bell corruption scandal and was done for the opportunity to achieve personal monetary gain.
Failing a retraction by February 10, 2014, that unconditionally retracts the false and defamatory statements, you leave my client with no choice but to pursue whatever legal action is necessary to redress any and all injuries caused by your blatant spurious allegations.
Oscar Acevedo, ESQ.
(Mod: Today is February 16, and as far as I can tell Dreier has not taken back anything. Rather Petey is now republishing his smear column on other sites that share in his lunatic fringe political persuasions. Meaning that he is going to get hit with a major slander lawsuit, and very soon ... One other matter needs to be discussed. On Valentine's Day I received an email here in the form of a reader comment from the Editor of the Pasadena Weekly, Kevin Uhrich. This is what Kevin had to say.)
"I couldn't find a phone number or an email address for a moderator or a person responsible for this operation, so I have turned to this forum to urge you to please remove the story you have lifted without permission from the Pasadena Weekly Web site. I am speaking specifically about the story titled "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid," by Ramon Miramontes. Although Ramon authored this Guest Opinion, it belongs to the Pasadena Weekly. The courteous and professional thing to do would be to use a few lines from the story and then offer a link to our site, not simply take our content without any notice. I will continue looking for some way to contact the operator of this site. Until then, I can be reached from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday."
(Mod: In my opinion the myopic Mr. Uhrich was clearly incensed by the amount of traffic Ramon's column was receiving here, whereas his site was drawing little more than its usual flies. I did not link anything to Uhrich's mess because in my opinion PasadenaWeekly.com is currently functioning as a hate site, and it would be wrong to in any way help them. Plus I am pretty sure he'd received a call from the choleric Peter Dreier, who was taking a lively beating here ... Rest assured, Ramon's column was published on The Tattler with his written permission, and when the PW-centric Uhrich returns to work at 9 a.m. on Monday morning he will be able to read a legally authoritative e-mail stating my right to have published it. This is how Ramon Miramontes put it in an e-mail to Tony Brandenburg yesterday.)
"I'll forward it to my lawyer, Oscar Acevedo. He has been copied. I will be on the record that I gave expressed permission for John to use it. This is my intellectual property, I did not give the (Pasadena Weekly) any ownership over it."
(Mod: I believe that settles the matter. Think about it, why would Ramon Miramontes want to donate exclusive content to a weekly so-called alternative rag where he has not only been outrageously smeared, but seen his wife personally attacked as well? I don't know Kevin Uhrich, nor would I care to, but the fellow does appear to have lost his grip on most commonly accepted versions of reality.)